Saugatuck-Douglas, MI

 

S.S. Keewatin Departure

 

 

 
 
 

SS KeewatinAfter 45 years, the last Titanic era steamship in the world left Saugatuck-Douglas Harbor on May 31, 2012 around 2:00 pm to return to her original home in Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada where this 104 year old vessel will be completely renovated and become a Maritime museum. The Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau recorded and live-streamed her departure. 17,412 people world-wide watched this event live for 1 hr 36 minutes. Click the video to view this history making footage here on Saugatuck.com

 

1907 SS KEEWATIN On The Move? - excerpt from Maritime Matters by Martin Cox

The SS KEEWATIN, the last Edwardian liner, has been a tourist attraction for the last 44-years at Douglas, Michigan on the east shore of the Kalamazoo River, a few miles from Lake Michigan. Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Scotland in 1907 KEEWATIN ran continuously for almost 60 seasons with her sister SS ASSINIBOIA between Port Arthur / Fort William and Port McNicoll in Ontario, Canada, until retired in 1966.

R.J. Peterson and his wife, a local marina-owning couple in Douglas, took out a personal loan to buy the vessel, saving her from scrap and restored KEEWATIN’s interiors, opening to the public for paid tours in 1967.

Last week, Skyline International Development Co. signed papers to acquire and move the 350-foot SS KEEWATIN from Peterson’s Tower Marina, some 550 miles to Port McNicoll, Ontario, its original home port from 1907 to 1965. The City of Port McNicoll plans to renovate the 104-year-old steamship and feature her as part of a waterfront park.

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