The Original "La Grande Hermine" (or Big Weasel) was sailed up the St. Lawrence River by Jacque Cartier in 1535. A replica of the vessel was made as a tour boat in the 1960's in Quebec City. The Replica was sold to a Young Entrepreneur with dreams of making it just the thing to bring hungry visitors to his harbour side restaurant.
The Tour Boat was sailed up the St. Lawrence from Quebec city in the late 1990s, then intentionally moored (anchored) and listed (leaning) to the harbour floor. The Harbour side restaurant never did get built, as the entrepreneur went bankrupt shortly afterwards.
In 2002 arson burned the wooden exterior of the ship to its steel barge-like appearance.
During cold winters you can walk to the ship - but be very careful.