S.S. Keewatin

S.S. Keewatin is located at the foot of Talbot Street in Port McNicoll, a hamlet just 5 minutes east of Midland, 15 minutes west from Highway 400. We’re about 45 minutes north of Barrie, 90 minutes north of Toronto.

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Address: 311 Talbot St., Port McNicoll, ON  L0K 1R0.  CANADA
Telephone: 1-855-533-9284 (toll free).
Latitude & Longitude: 44°44’52.22″ N, 79°48’07.35″ W (44.7478389°, -079.8020417°)

Coming from Midland:
Head east on Highway 12, and take the Talbot Street exit… a left turn lane immediately following the traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 12 and Old Fort Road / Ogden’s Beach Road.

Coming from Highway 400:
Take the Highway 12 West exit (Exit 147) at Waubaushene and follow Highway 12 west about 8 km. to the Triple Bay Road exit ramp… a right turn ramp at the intersection of Highway 12 with Rumney Road / Triple Bay Road. Follow Triple Bay Road to the intersection with Talbot Street, and turn right on Talbot Street.

We have parking for 300 cars and can accommodate drop offs of passengers from coaches at the gang plank with adjacent parking for coaches.  Both washroom facilities and a gift shop are located on site.

 

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Facebook IconMarch 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm

On a bright, sunny summer day in the early 1950's Canadian Pacific G5 class 4-6-2 locomotive 1271 takes up position near the coal chute at Port McNicoll readying for the return trip to Toronto's Union Station. The coal chute was located off of Ney Avenue. For orientation purposes, this photo was captured looking east. The slip is hidden from view behind 1271. Credit: Don Wood photo

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March 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

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Speaking of the Guilded age, this is THE BOSTON COMMEMERATIVE CUP, presented to Canadian ship owner Samuel Cunard in July of 1840 for his choice of Boston as a main point to run the first ever transatlantic service with his first steam ship Britannia. The citizend were so pleased Samual Cunard received 1,873 invitations to dinner! (enough to eat for five years).
The cup is on display in the main salon on the Queen Mary 2.

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Facebook IconMarch 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

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The equipment was back today clearing the rubble and starting to level the land. This weather is actually good for the construction team. I invite you to go down and have a look.On another note the five life boats are almost ready. Just a couple left to do.
We need some volunteers to help with the painting so if anyone can spare some time let us know. We can hardly wait until all 5 missing boats are back where they belong.

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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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Facebook IconMarch 25, 2017 at 10:26 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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Facebook IconMarch 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

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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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Facebook IconMarch 24, 2017 at 7:50 am

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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Facebook IconMarch 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

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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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Facebook IconMarch 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

"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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Facebook IconMarch 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

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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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Facebook IconMarch 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

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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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Facebook IconMarch 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

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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Facebook IconMarch 10, 2017 at 10:08 pm

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Facebook IconMarch 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

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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Facebook IconFebruary 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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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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