Certificate no 2967
Status Archived
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Details

Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Emigrant Ship
Location Port McNicoll
Vessel type Schooner
Archive reason Overseas Watch List
Current use Museum based
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.sskeewatin.com

Construction

Builder Fairfiled Works, Glasgow
Built in 1907
Hull material Steel
Rig Schooner
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type Steam
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Length: Overall
350.00 feet (106.68 m)
Air Draft
43.67 feet (13.31 m)
Tonnage: Gross
3856.00

History

Significance

She operated as an Immigrant Ship on Canada’s Great Lakes until 1920. Following this period, she was converted to a cruise ship and carried 1600 tons of bagged grain and cereals o downward trips. I

SS KEEWATIN was purchased by Canadian Pacific Railways Steamships in 1907. She operated as an Immigrant Ship on Canada’s Great Lakes until 1920.

Following this period, she was converted to a cruise ship and carried 1600 tons of bagged grain and cereals o downward trips.

In 1967 she was sold to RH Peterson of Douglas, Michigan.

In 2011, she was purchased by Skyline investments of Toronto 2011. Operating as a tourist attraction from her original Port in Canada and being restored by a large volunteer group. Her engines run with compressed air and electric motors and her boilers have been cut away to show their workings. Currently, she has 30,000 visitors per year. She was featured on the TV series “Murdoch Mysteries” and featured on CBC Documentary “Bring her on Home”. She is an excellent example of a working Quad expansion reciprocating engine, working steering gear and windless. All rooms staged with authentic furniture and fixtures. Of 3,800 similar ships in Great Britain between 1900 and 1920, she is the only restored and functioning example in the world. She worked from 1907 to 1965 and never missed a sailing. She was a museum in Michigan in 1967 until 2012, after which she returned to Canada and is currently open to the public May to October, seven days a week. She was recently valued by an independent surveyor at $32.5 million Canadian Dollars. 

As of 2018, the SS KEEWATIN's currently owned by Skyline Investments of Toronto and is set to become a stand alone museum in November.  Efforts are underway to relocate her to the greater metropolitan Toronto area, but if these efforts fail, Glasgow in Scotland is being considered as a more acceptable destination for her.

Key dates

  • 1907

    Operated as an immigrant ship. 

  • 1967

    Sold to RJ Peterson of Douglas Michigan to become a museum. 

  • 2012

    Returned to Canada in 2012 as a museum. 

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