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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: The Struggles

December 6, 2017

Early Days of the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society The bunting and the flags snapped and fluttered in the Lake Muskoka breeze on that brilliant sunny day June 1, 1974. The ship, RMS Segwun, awaited her launch high above the crowd of thousands, craning their necks to be the first to spot Prime Minister Trudeau who would swing the champagne bottle to launch her into her future of sailing the Muskoka Lakes.  Deemed fit to float, but not to sail, in 1974, Segwun was released from her dry dock on Muskoka Bay. And so began a decade of restoration of a ship that had lain at dockside as a charming and informative Steamship Museum from 1962 to 1973 when Segwun…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives – The Rules have changed

The Way It Was: Drinking parties, carousing and objectionable noise not permitted! Growing from 30 resorts, in 1896, to resorts capable of welcoming 5,500 as of 1913, Muskoka lodging was for the…...

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#MuskokaWharfTreeLighting Photo Contest

Attend tonight's - Friday, December 1, 2017 - Tree Lighting ceremony on Muskoka Wharf. The event runs between 6 and 8 PM. Take a photo and post it to your…...

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The Night Prospect House Died

The famed resort called Prospect House was once the heart and soul of the tiny village of Port Sandfield. When it died, one tragic night in October 1916, it sent…...

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First Sign of Freeze-up on Muskoka Bay

Were you aware that throughout the winter we post videos of Muskoka Bay as it changes throughout the fall and winter? Our weather vlogs began in January 2017 on our…...

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RMS Segwun Float – Parade History

With hopes that the RMS Segwun float would "sail" in Toronto's Santa Claus parade, construction began in 1987. The Segwun Centennial project was the mastermind of Doug Stevenson, Dave Dixon,…...

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Changes to Membership Benefits as of December 1, 2017

Membership benefits will change when the organization's new year begins, December 1, 2017.  We will update the membership page on that date. New for 2017-2018 We have added a new…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives – Film Star!

R.M.S. Segwun Stars in a Movie The pictures on this page appear to be about 100 years old. In fact, they were taken during the third week of September, 2011.…...

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Gravenhurst’s Santa Claus Parade, November 25

What makes Gravenhurst's Santa Claus parade unique? It is the only holiday parade in the world with an RMS Segwun float! Every year our wonderful volunteers ready the float. We…...

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Why is Toronto Segwun’s Port of Registry?

Tuesday Tales from the Archives - contributor Jack McIrvine Ships larger than canoes, rowboats, and kayaks, and powered by engines larger than 9.9 hp (7.5 kw) have to be licensed…...

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