RMS Segwun Float – Parade History
November 23, 2017
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, Debbie McNeil and Kim Thwaites. Bankrolled by the Town of Gravenhurst, the float made its debut in the Parry Sound Centennial Parade.
The 27 foot long, 5′ 3″ wide and 6′ 6″ high float took two months to complete. It is made with 2 x 2 framing, 1/4″ mahogany plywood and Masonite board. It can’t float but it is light enough for one person to lift the front off the trailer.
The height quoted does not include the smoke stack, which is missing in the photo. The smoke stack is removed for storage. This photo was taken yesterday, Wednesday the 22nd, while RMS Segwun was waiting for Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre volunteers to put the finishing touches before Saturday’s Santa Claus parade.