Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Towing the stern of a new CPR ship
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Posted by Richard L Wiringa, 28 May 2009 at 9:45

Keewatin details: Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Limited, Govan, Scotland, 1907 Type: Passenger Displacement: 3,856 tons Dimensions: 346 x 43 x 16 ft Machinery: Steam quadruple expansion, 3500 SHP = 16 knots Passengers: 288 (berthed) Crew: 86 Keewatin service: Built for Canadian Pacific Steamships. Sailed from Scotland to Montreal 14-23 Sep 1907, where she was cut in two for passage through the St.Lawrence and Welland canals. Once at Buffalo, she was reassembled. Put into weekly service from Lake Superior to Owen Sound on Georgian Bay, from 7 Oct 1908. Shifted depot facilities to Port McNicoll, Ontario in 1912. Retired from service 29 Nov 1965. Preserved as a floating museum at Douglas, Michigan, since 1967." Quoted text from the museum display. Using Google Earth, she is identified by placing your cursor over one of the blue markers found after "flying" to Douglas, Michigan. Unfortunately the low resolution makes it impossible to see her, even though she is tagged.

Posted by [Name Withheld], 3 June 2015 at 13:17

The SS Keewatin is now at Port McNicol, on the Georgian Bay in Ontario. She is open for tours throughout the summer months.

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Towing the stern of a new CPR ship

Small black and white albumen print of the stern section of one of the 1907 Canadian Pacific Railway steamboats, Assiniboia or Keewatin, being towing through a canal with a tugboat at each end.