04 May

Muskoka Steamships ready to sail into the 2008 season

I was passing through the town of Gravenhurst this morning and noticed the Muskoka steamships docked at the wharf. On the left is the R.M.S. Segwun built in 1887 and re-launched June 1st, 1974, by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. On the right is Wenonah II a replica (2002) designed with the style and grace of a 1902 Muskoka steamship. There is also the 1915 Wanda III (not shown) originally commissioned for Mrs. Timothy Eaton of the Eaton department stores currently being restored.

Long before the era of modern roads, steamships sailed the Muskoka lakes from early spring to late fall, carrying passengers, mail and freight to the many resorts and villages not served by the railways. If you have not had the opportunity of taking a cruise on one of these historic beauties I would highly recommend it.

2008 sailing schedule here

Muskoka Steam Ships

In: in and around muskoka ontario

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  1. John Miller says:

    Your blog came up on my google alert, thanks for the comments.

    John Miller
    General Manager
    Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society

  2. Mitch Beube says:

    Hi John,

    The season is a little quiet musically. Keep in touch should sailings require jazz, pop or rock and roll. Hope you have the busiest season ever. Take care, Mitch

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