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Craig White is an avid amateur photographer with a library of over 10,000 images on flickr. He is also Managing Editor of UrbanToronto.ca Toronto’s premier website focused on condos, architecture, urban development and real estate. Craig’s late father, Jim, was a round-trip passenger twice on the Keewatin in the late 50s / early 60s, riding to and from Abitibi Price bush camps in the Lakehead area around Thunder Bay.


 

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Find out more about the television documentary,
Bring Her on Home – The Return of The SS Keewatin.
This one-hour film chronicles the perilous 1,000 kilometer journey across two great lakes that brought the century old steamship from Saugatuk, Michigan to her original home in Port McNicoll, Ontario. 


 The S.S. Keewatin on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries

http://www.cbc.ca/murdochmysteries/videos/making-murdoch/murdoch-ahoy-aboard-the-ss-keewatin

Watch more exclusive behind the scenes footage from the S.S. Keewatin’s episode of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries


juno The M/S Juno

Built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874, today M/S Juno is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation.

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March 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm

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Second from left Hugh Alger Ney my uncle. Bell boy on the Keewatin.

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March 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

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Gary is a camera man at CTV in Toronto but saw Keewatin on assignment when she came back. He visits regularly whenever up this way. He took this picture with his cell phone Wednesday last..Great shot, and as you see the ice is just starting to go out. Can spring be far away?

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There is a gentleman that lives in Tay Township who has spent 10 years building a working replica of the Port McNicoll CPR facility with ships, trains and the famous ( now forgotten) Hog Bay Trestle . ( some call it Hoggs Bay)
We would love to have him set this up on Keewatin for the thousands of tourists to see..What do you think? COMMENT PLEASE

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In the original black livery, S.S. Keewatin is shown at the passenger dock in Port McNicoll on one of the first trips to the "new" port in 1912. Crude landscaping has been completed around the station with the gardens yet to be created.
Photo credit: Halifax Archives

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Facebook IconMarch 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

March is nearing the end. Snow should be gone soon and lots happening on the Park with the construction of infastructure, removing old building footings and grading the land. But in March of 1960 the last steam locomotive left Port McNicoll and was scrapped in September..Engine number 3722...

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The British Standard. Commonly called the "Union Jack" as it was carried prominently on the "JACK" pole on the bow of British ships. Keewatin flies one and has since 1907. Canada stands with Britain!

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"Fun in the Sun"

This group of passengers enjoyed the sunshine and cool lake breeze as Keewatin cruised on the "inland seas" in July 1961.
Thanks to the Johnston Family for the photo.

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A newly received picture from June 23 2013 as Keewatin comes into Severn Sound. This taken by Fred Blair Keewatin's new General Manager never realizing he'd become part of such a great team!
KEEWATIN is the last surviving member of the Edwardian "Schooners" built in Britain between 1900 and 1920. She is mostly restored and a floating Museum in Port McNicoll, 90 minutes North of Toronto.

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June 23 2017, will make this year the firth anniversary since Keewatin returned to Port McNicoll.
The ship left Port McNicoll for Douglas/Saugatuck in Michigan at 2pm June 23 1967 and returned at 2pm, June 23 2013 marking 45 years.."You've come a long way baby"!

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If this barber's chair could talk...Another unique part of the KEEWATIN collection. The last Barber on Keewatin was Roy Mahood and he was there for 30 years. In the winter he was the barber at Hart House at University of Toronto and summer he was an independent contractor on Keewatin where he also sold souvenirs, stamps and ran a small post office. (It was always rumoured he would pull teeth but I can't say that for sure). His family donated all of his tools and personal items for the staging of this room.

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Passengers casually lean against the railing and look to the dock below as two crew members stand inside the doorway at Port McNicoll aboard S.S. Manitoba in the 1940's. Notice the kegs inside the doorway.

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Captain Robert Mitchell began his career with the CPR Great Lakes Steamships in 1923. He worked on all five CPR ships in varying capacities rising to the rank of Captain and served as the Master on S.S. Manitoba, Athabasca and onboard Keewatin from 1951-53.

In this image, Mitchell is seen at the passenger dock in Port McNicoll, ca late 1940's with S.S. Manitoba. ( we have the ships wheel in our museum) One of the electric jitneys or carts used by the freight handlers can be seen in the background. Notice the rope rigging on the ship.

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Facebook IconMarch 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

We are starting to blow the cobwebs off and start getting ready for the summer season on Keewatin. One new addition is this amazing steamer trunk. It will go into one of the new rooms being opened this year. Along with the wheelhouse we are going to have a few more..If you have any antique clothing or items from 1907 to 1965 we would be happy to include them into our displays. We also are looking for items of marine history. If you have some you would like to donate or loan please write to eric@sskeewatin.com.

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Facebook IconMarch 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Death of Assiniboia Dec. 1971 Camden NJ.

Very disturbing shot of the sister ship of Keewatin being sunk by water from the Fire Department extinquishing flames that mysteriously broke out as she was stored for winter near Philidephia US. Sent from Wallaceburg Ontario.

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Facebook IconMarch 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Thank you Eric Conroy for your great storytelling... It was so neat to see Riley's eyes light up while you spoke. Words can't express how unbelievably excited Riley is to share the story of the SS Keewatin with his class!! — feeling proud at S.S. Keewatin.

This is a great part of the job..Riley came to the door with his mother because he wanted to do a project on Keewatin..I do hundreds of presentations to groups and clubs, but I really love the kids!

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Facebook IconFebruary 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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Anybody know these KEEWATIN crew?
Thank you to the collection of Pam (Ney) Budge we have these pictures of a cook and three stewardesses. Pam's family worked on the Keewatin in the 20's and of course "NEY" street was named after the family who held a lot of land. Love these..Thank you Pam!
The lady on the right is Della Maheu latter she married George Burns, Picture is from the 30's. Info from George Burns Jr. Della's son.

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February 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm

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GOOD NEWS FOR THE "KEE!"

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As winter dragged on the building of KEEWATIN'S new dock continued. A brave Wayne Coombes braced the weather to catch these shots showing the new dock face, the turn back corner and the new rock garden finish to where the land reaches down to the water. Even in the snow, this week they start taking out all the old rubble. The project is on time and on budget! Thank you to the STEVE'S BOBCAT team!

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Facebook IconFebruary 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The new dock is going to be spectacular. The wall facing is in, all the bracing is done and they are ready to infill the wall. What winter slow down?

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Facebook IconFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

The pitch between forward and aft is quite pronounced in this view of Keewatin at the north end of the flour shed dock in November 1965 as the ship gets ready to sail from Port McNicoll on one of the last trips before being retired.

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February 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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Nope not Keewatin. It was John E.F. Misener that occupied this site for a few years. I just did an edit to the post. I erred. It was the year before that she made two trips back to back to Port. I kept some records. The ship made a final trip to Port McNicoll on December 18, 1982 never to sail again under her own power.
The ship sat idle in front of the elevator until a windstorm in 1984 caused her lines to snap. The boat drifted across the slip until it was caught sideways causing damage to the old coal dock. The stern collided with the towers at the elevator causing some damage. as well. The ship was moved to this location and a bow anchor buried. The boat remained at this spot until September 2, 1986.

After almost four years of calling Port McNicoll home, the tug Glenside departed Port McNicoll with John E.F. Misener in tow destined for an arrival in Quebec and eventual scrapping in Colombia.

Thanks to Marc Dease for the great images.
Photo: Marc Dease

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Port McNicoll slip

This view of the south end of the slip looking north at Port McNicoll was taken 107 years after the first rock and soft material was dredged from the site. Canadian Pacific plans from 1909 showed that the south end of the proposed slip was to be near the location of Keewatin's stern in this photo where the concrete dock ended at the flour shed. A concrete dock from that area was to be constructed easterly to the other side of the slip connecting with a dock that was adjacent to the grain elevator giving the harbour a true "rectangular" shape. A decision to dredge hundreds of feet to the south was made which followed the original shoreline.

It would appear engineers decided dredging following the original shoreline was a better solution to an even more massive fill operation which had already been underway at the Maple Island site.

The slip was also supposed to be dredged to a depth of 22 feet but engineers decided to dredge to 25 feet because of the rumoured construction of a new waterway to that depth and the increasing draft of larger lake freighters.

The CPR also considered locating the coal dock at what some local people refer to as "the beach area" visible in this photo. The decision was made to locate the coal dock between the flour and freight sheds most likely because the 200 foot width at the end of the slip was far too narrow for vessels to dock and again would have depended on removing a massive amount of material.

Plans also called for a dock on the west side of Hogg Bay adjacent to the proposed location of a second grain elevator. After 1913 construction ceased on all cribbing work at Port McNicoll.

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