30 Jul
2009
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In the Belly of a Muskoka Steamship

I had a chance to spend some time in the pilothouse with the Captain of the  R.M.S. Segwun steamship in Gravenhurst earlier this month. I thought it would be rather fitting to also visit the engine room to see whats happening. Well you can see by the look of crew Grumpy that he was none to pleased to see me and my camera. Oh well, I’m sure he got over it.



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28 Jul
2009
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Look up … Look Way Up

Things are looking up in Parry Sound, Ontario the hometown of one of the greatest hockey players ever Bobby Orr no less. This is a shot looking straight up from under the Canadian Pacific Railway train trestle. Its quite an engineering feat from the early 1900’s.

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27 Jul
2009
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Peeping Through Marty’s World Famous Window

Most everyone in Muskoka by now knows about Marty’s World Famous. Marty is the Michelangelo of butter tarts so they say. I couldn’t help but notice Marty’s “Big Ass Apple Pie” sitting in the window as I strolled down the streets of Bracebridge recently.

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23 Jul
2009
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Steaming Down the Isle

A group of us were out on the Segwun steamship recently and as we disembarked we noticed the Wenonah II was filled with well dressed people unlike our obligatory T’s and Sneaks. It was a weddings day in Gravenhurst and your soup spoons on your right?

As we strolled down the dock I noticed the bride and groom walking towards us. I had to do some advanced ninja contortion moves to get the camera out in time to fire off a couple of quick shots before they disappeared into a new life.

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21 Jul
2009
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The Dolly Durkin JR

This is the bow ornament of the Dolly Durkin Jr. named after the original 1922 Ditchburn built for Sir John Eaton. This beauty was built by the Picasso of boat building Mr. Peter Breen who invested 7000 hours into this masterpiece.

More about the Dolly Durkin Jr. and Peter Breen in The Muskokan

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20 Jul
2009
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Mary Lake at Port Sydney, Ontario

The welcome sign says “Home of 800 nice families and 1 old grouch” in Port Sydney, Ontario.
Located approximately 12 km’s south of Huntsville and just off highway #11. This is the area next years G8 Summit will be held.

Port Sydney is situated on Mary Lake and is also part of the North Muskoka River.  See Google Map

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15 Jul
2009
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Three Girls and a Dock

Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days
Ain’t nothin’ better in the world, you know
Than lyin’ in the sun with your radio

The Port Carling town dock works for a little chat fest while the wake boarding boys sneak in for little peek.
Ahhh those sunny sunny days …

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13 Jul
2009
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The Amphibious Car

I caught these AmphiCars cruising around the docks in Gravenhurst at the annual antique boat show this past weekend. These bad boys were manufactured in Berlin, Germany from 1962 to 1967. Only about 4500 were ever built with most of the production going to the USA. I would like to know how they would handle the wake of a 31ft  Ditchburn

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08 Jul
2009
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The Rambler – The Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Boat Show

I noticed this mammoth monster sized boat in Port Carling last year. Someone told me it used to be Conrad Black’s boat but I’m not sure about that. Connie did like things a tad grandiose so its always possible.

Just a reminder that this Saturday July 11, 2009 is the 29th annual Antique and Cassic Boat Show down in Gravenhurst. All the classic boats will be there along with a flea market, steam boat rides and more …
Its definitely worth checking out.  More info here and here

Update: August 5, 2014 – this boat is called the Rambler and is owned by Bobby Genovese and is part of the BG Vintage Racing Team. Recently restored the Rambler Debuts Saturday August 9, 2014 at Muskoka Lakes Association Show, Port Carling, Ontario. More info here.



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06 Jul
2009
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Take Me to Your Captain

It was a blustery 4th of July when I had a chance to board the R.M.S. Segwun steamship out of Gravenhurst, Ontario. The Segwun is North Americas oldest operating steamship and one of the crown jewels of Muskoka. The R.M.S. designation stands for “Royal Mail Ship” and you can still mail a letter or postcard from her today.  I had the opportunity to spend some time in the pilothouse with the Captain discussing his many adventures on the Muskoka Lakes.

Put it on your bucket list if you are visiting Muskoka or plan to in the future
Steamship schedule and info

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02 Jul
2009
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Venetian Islands on Lake Rosseau

Out on Lake Rosseau just before the storm rolled in
This is the Venetian Group of Islands just off Tobin Island.

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