Located in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, the museum is in the heart of the Maritime Park.
Pilots and tugboats
Beginning at Les Escoumins, St. Lawrence pilots guide big ships’ manœuvres! These experienced navigators know how to avoid the dangerous shoals and currents.
Sometimes, small, powerful vessels, called tugboats, guide ships into or out of ports. In the 19th century, steam tugs were often used to help sailing ships travel upstream.
To detect dangers on the River, navigators can use the Canadian Aids to Navigation System.
This system includes visual aids such as buoys, beacons and lighthouses. The sound aids, such as foghorns, emit a sound signal that warns navigators of dangers when visibility is poor.
Ships are also equipped with electronic systems like GPS and radar to help them find their way and avoid hazards.