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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Steamship Northern

February 22, 2018

In the winter of 1876-77, three gentlemen from Port Dalhousie incorporated a company that became Denton, Smiley & Co. following invitations to establish a boat service in Port Sydney.  The steamship Northern was built that winter and launched in the spring on the Muskoka River. Northern was very similar in appearance to Wenonah, AP Cockburn's first ship. Northern was a double decked side-wheeler with a 25 hp high pressure engine. The hull was 74.5 ft long with a beam of 15.6 ft. She only drew 4.9 feet and weighed slightly over 62 tons and was capable of carrying up to 200 passengers as well as freight. Northern had no hurricane deck and her bow between decks was open. She also had…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Steamship Dining in the ’50s

Gravenhurst Steamships Ltd –S. S. Sagamo Menu from the 100 Mile Cruise 1958 Guests arrived early in the morning for the 08:30 departure. They were smartly dressed for the full-day,…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: The Moscow Mule

Did you know the sublime Moscow Mule cocktail served in those copper mugs was invented in 1941? Moscow? Mule? What does that mean? After one of these spicy ginger, lime…...

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Today in Muskoka history – a new Social Media feature

The volunteers who donate their time to ensure our Archives are catalogued and maintained are researching today in Muskoka history. Their first "today in Muskoka history" fact will be delivered…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Wooden Boats

The first wooden boat builders in the Muskoka area were the indigenous people using local materials to construct canoes. In the autumn of 1865, the first steamship keel was laid…...

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Going batty at the Muskoka Discovery Centre

The Muskoka Watershed Council is sponsoring a batty Speakers Series event at the Muskoka Discovery Centre on February 15, 2018. At 4 PM Craig Mann will talk about bats. At 4:30 PM, there…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Muskoka Churches

The steamers stopped at them, we can boat to their door, aren’t they beautiful? The Muskoka lakes are blessed with several churches accessible by boat.  Let’s take a look at…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives – Carvel or Clinker?

aThTwo traditional methods of building hulls are carvel and lapstrake or clinker. The photo to the right illustrates a carvel hull, the surface is smooth.  The hull planks touch each…...

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Wednesday, January 31 – Special Lunar Event

Set your alarms for 5:30 AM, Wednesday. A lunar event that has not been witnessed since the year the first steamship sailed on Lake Muskoka (1866) will occur. Wired magazine…...

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Tuesday Tales: Carrying the mail in Muskoka

In the early 1860s there were few roads in the Muskoka area that were passable at any time of the year. Sometimes, mail delivery in Muskoka between villages, hamlets and…...

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