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After lamenting the current state of affairs with museum ships NORISLE and NORGOMA, Jay Bascom, Editor of The Scanner, the monthly newsletter of the Toronto Marine Historical Society, writes this in their December 2020 issue:

“Much more disturbing has been the situation involving the former C.P.R. passenger steamer KEEWATIN, beautifully preserved at her old home of Port McNicoll and loved by all who rode on her as well as those who have laboured so hard to keep her there after she returned home from the Saugatuck area in 2012.

Management has changed at Skyline, the developer that purchased the steamer and brought her home and originally intended to develop the area around her dock, and Skyline now wants to get rid of the ship in exchange for a big tax credit.

The charitable foundation in Port McNicoll that has done such a great job with her is trying valiantly to keep her there, but there now are efforts being made by a Kingston group to poach the ship and take her there, a place with which KEEWATIN has no historical connection whatsoever.

We state firmly and unapologetically, that KEEWATIN belongs in Port McNicoll.”

Posted by Dan Travers