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Toronto Port Authority to host 153rd Beaver Hat Ceremony to open 2014 shipping season

TORONTO, Ont.–The Toronto Port Authority is hosting the 153rd annual Port of Toronto Beaver Hat Ceremony Tuesday morning  10 a.m. to mark the opening of the 2014 shipping season.

The Beaver Hat Ceremony, an annual event and Port tradition dating back to 1861, welcomes the the arrival of the first ocean vessel for the shipping season into the Port of Toronto. The ceremony will take place aboard the M/V Lubie, said a port release.

M/V Lubie Ship Captain Jacek Kurpiel will be ‘crowned’ with a nearly 200-year-old silk and beaver top hat by Port of Toronto Harbour Master Angus Armstrong.