The S.S. Keewatin passes through Windsor on its way to a new home in Kingston, ON.
Written by Jarrett Matthews.
The S.S. Keewatin, a steamship built back in 1907 by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Glasglow, Scotland. It was built in the same era and style as the Titanic in 1912.
The ship is being moved from its home in Port McNicoll because of the high up-keeping costs. The S.S. Keewatin is primarily made out of wood and steel and is the last ship of its kind still around today. Its sister ship, the S.S. Assinibioa, was demolished in the 1970s after it was partially burned in a fire.
Kingston is where is historic ship will now call home, where there is a dry dock and a marine history museum. The ship is being pulled by a tugboat through the Detroit River into Lake Erie before making its way to Lake Ontario and ultimately Kingston.
The ship is going to get approximately $2 million in restorations and repairs by 2024 when it will be open to the public. Part of its restoration journey will take place in Hamilton, ON.
“The Keewatin now stands not only as the last remaining Great Lakes Passenger liner, but as the last of the Edwardian built passenger liner steamships in the world,” according to their website. “Representative of a bygone era and an attention to craftsmanship and opulence we won’t soon see again, the “Kee” is a true symbol of growth and development in North America and a treasured piece of Canadian history”.
For more information on this beautiful historic ship, visit www.SSKeewatin.com.
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