SS Keewatin

On Saturday, June 23 the SS Keewatin finally returned home to Port McNicoll. The historic ship was welcomed by a large crowd that included local politicians and dignitaries.

Skyline International, a company our readers will know by their Swan Island, Deerhurst Lakeside Lodge and Horseshoe Copeland House developments, played an integral role in repatriating the Titanic-era vessel.

Skyline President Gil Blutrich, whose company purchased the vessel, was on hand to welcome the Keewatin home. The event was also attended by Bruce Stanton (MP, Simcoe North), Garfield Dunlop (MPP, Simcoe North) and Tay Township Mayor Scott Warnock.

Check out some historic photos of the Keewatin in action. It will give you some perspective as to why this was such a momentous event.

SS Keewatin

The SS Keewatin was launched on July 6, 1907 and spent 65 seasons ferrying passengers from Port McNicoll on Georgian Bay to Port Arthur in Thunder Bay on Lake Superior.

S.S. Keewatin at CPR passenger dock

The Keewatin circa 1960.

The Keewatin’s deck entertainment. You can probably tell by the type of entertainment these folks are providing that this is a very old photo.

Glad to have you back SS Keewatin and glad to see Skyline played such a significant role in repatriating you.

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