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Captain John's finally sold and ready to move

Posted by Derek Flack / August 22, 2014

captain johns soldCaptain John's has finally been sold, and a date has been set to remove it from the Toronto Harbour. Entrepreneur James Sbrolla, who bid successfully for the ship a few weeks ago before complications related to its removal put the sale in doubt, came through with the remaining funds (in the neighbourhood of $30,000) this afternoon. While Sbrolla's hope was to save the ship from being scrapped, this ultimately proved too tall a task.

"While we tried and tried to find a home for the ship as a whole (we had hoped that we could save the entire ship), we ultimately came to the conclusion that it was not possible for it to be 'reused' as is," Sbrolla wrote in a statement today. "Priestly Demolition will be the new owner of the Jadran. We will work closely with Priestly to move the ship and stay involved where possible to ensure that there is as much saved as possible."

Also part of the project is Toronto Brigantine, a tall ship charter company who hopes to reuse as many parts of the old vessel as possible. The plan is to move the ship on August 29, though a destination has yet to be announced. While putting too much faith in that date might be naive, the end to the Captain John's saga is near. In any case, it will soon no longer occupy the pier at the foot of Yonge St. where it has been docked since the 1970s.



Dave / August 22, 2014 at 06:04 pm
Finally, now if only Rofo would be removed...
Geoff / August 22, 2014 at 06:14 pm
Ahh ha I knew it. There were a bunch of nay sayers earlier this week saying it wasnt going anywhere for a looooong time. Told you so. Ha ha this thing will be gone very soon.
Shawn / August 22, 2014 at 06:49 pm
Thank god. I live in the area and it's been waaaaay overdue but am glad to see that eyesore and its nutjob captain gone!
WEB / August 22, 2014 at 08:57 pm
I only went to eat at Captain John's once. We arrived and got seated. We waited for 1 hour or longer for a waiter to come to our table. No waiter showed up. We left. Just bizarre!
steevzee / August 23, 2014 at 11:08 am
Yikes! If the overall condition is anything like the lead photo, this vessel is best scrapped.

"We'll work closely... to ensure that there is as much saved as possible".

That's Ok. Don't bother saving. Recycle - sure.
Adios / August 23, 2014 at 01:08 pm
I had only one meal there and it was revolting. I won't miss this rusting hulk.
Khristopher / August 23, 2014 at 06:03 pm
Good riddance!
Trudy / August 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
Ohh well...
Rickdeckard / August 24, 2014 at 11:26 am
Not gone soon enough. This sad excuse of a restaurant was the worst restaurant experience I ever had in Toronto many years ago. The owner was a real jerk and did not have an ounce of customer service in him, there was no way this ship was going to stay afloat.
jel / August 24, 2014 at 07:42 pm
sad to see it go:( personality is just being sucked out of this city...
kn / August 25, 2014 at 08:16 am
Nooooooooo!!! This is Heritage!!!! Like the Sam the Record man sign, A & A's, Honest Ed's....where is Olivia Chow to force these renegades to save this integral part of our history!!!!
Tearless Leader / August 25, 2014 at 09:58 pm
On my cheek there is a spot where a tear would have been if one existed over this rusting hulk.
TBA replying to a comment from Geoff / September 4, 2014 at 11:38 am
Hello McFly--it's now well into September and Captain Johns in still there. When will you guys ever learn?
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