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Sagamo Steamer on Lake Rosseau 
Image    The Sagamo was the largest and most extravagant steamship to sail the inland waterways of Ontario from 1907 to 1958. Rebuilt after a fire in 1925, she was the last steamer still operating in Muskoka during the 1950s. In addition to being the largest steamer on Muskoka lakes, she was also the...
R.M.S. Segwun steamboat 
Image    The R.M.S. Segwun shown in Bracebridge Bay during the early years of her run. Originally built in 1887 as the Nipissing II, she underwent extensive renovations in 1925 and was given a new name - Segwun. With the end of the steamboat era in the 1950's, she became a museum in Gravenhurst. Later...
Medora steamboat 
Image    Built in 1893, the Medora was 122 feet long. In 1901-2, she was enlarged another 20 feet, making her the largest ship on the Muskoka Lakes until the Sagamo appeared in 1906. The Medora was retired in 1931, placed in dry dock and unfortunately gutted by fire in 1940.
Cherokee steamboat 
Image    The Cherokee began service in 1908, accomodating 400 passengers. Starting in 1931 she became known as the "Sunset Cruiser", taking passengers from lakeside hotels to Port Carling for evening dances. Although retired in 1950 and dismantled in 1961, her wheelhouse and officer's cabins are now on...
Nipissing steamboat 
Image    The Nipissing, a sidewheeler built in 1871, was the first flagship of the Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company. She sailed until August of 1886 when she was consumed by fire. Her engines and boiler were salvaged and installed in a second Nipissing, the current Segwun.
R.M.S. Segwun steamboat 
Image    R.M.S. Segwun, the oldest Royal Mail Ship in the world, had been purchased in 1960 by the Town of Gravenhurst and maintained as a museum. In 1973, it was purchased by the Ontario Roadbuilders and fully restored. By 1981 it was sailing again and continues today in 2016. This postcard shows it as...
Steamboat Sagamo in Port Carling locks 
Image    Sagamo awaits passage from Lake Rosseau to Lake Muskoka at Port Carling lock in 1958, her final season before retirement. Note the marking on the boat for The 100 Mile Cruise which was a very popular all-day excursion from 1923 to 1958. Passengers would travel by train from Toronto, spend the...
Oriole & Medora steamboats at Beaumaris 
Image    Muskoka Navigation Company steamers Oriole (in right foreground) and Medora (behind wharf) at Beaumaris about 1900. The Oriole was on the noon run into Bracebridge and once (after this picture was taken) upset in the Muskoka River luckily without any loss of life. After this event, false sides...
Sagamo at Port Carling 
Image    Muskoka Navigation Co. Sagamo navigating through the logs floating in the water at Port Carling.
Steamers at Port Carling 
Image    Steamers coming and going at Port Carling. Steamboat traffic was busy on the lakes of Muskoka at the height of the season, especially during the early decades of the twentieth century.
Segwun & Sagamo in retirement 
Image    Segwun and Sagamo in retirement at dock in Gravenhurst.
Steamer Mildred on the Muskoka River 
Image    The Steamer "Mildred" travelling down the Muskoka River with passengers enjoying the sights.
S.S. Gem at Port Sydney, Muskoka, Ontario. 
Image  1901-1903,   S.S. Gem at Port Sydney, Muskoka, Ontario. The vessel's owner Albert Sydney-Smith stands beside her on the wharf. Captain Lyle Casselman appears on deck. In the distance is the S.S. Joe. From: The Steamboat Era in the Muskokas, Vol. 1 - The Golden Years, by Richard Tatley. "Early in 1897, the...
Algonquin steamboat passing through the swing bridge, Huntsville, Ontario. 
Image  1938-1952,   Algonquin steamboat passing through the swing bridge, Huntsville, Ontario. The bridge in the picture is the new two lane bridge constructed in 1938. The Algonquin is headed downstream toward Fairy Lake, Peninsula Lake and the North Portage. Algonquin & swing bridge at Huntsville.
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