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Captain John's departure delayed by windy conditions in Toronto

Toronto residents have one more day to bid farewell to Captain John's.

The former floating restaurant was scheduled to depart from its berth at the foot of Yonge Street Tuesday, but a heavy wind warning put the towing operation on hold.

Weather permitting, the vessel will now be leaving Thursday at 10 a.m.

The tow is the riskiest part of the job, said Wayne Elliott of Marine Recycling, the company in charge of dismantling Captain John's. Such a large boat "acts like a giant sail," he said, so crews will wait for the right wind conditions before moving it.

"Dead calm is ideal. Less than 15 knots is required."

Once Captain John's leaves its berth, it will be towed across Lake Ontario and through the Welland Canal to Marine Recycling's facility in Port Colborne.

It will take a crew of 50 workers roughly three months to disassemble the ship and sell it for scrap metal, Elliott said.

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