October 5, 2014

The Old Man and the SEA

The Old Man and the SEA

Barrett Smith by Kenneth Lane Smith When the hulking cargo ship passed by Barrett Smith’s house in the middle of the night, he was ready. Like a good sailor he flashed the porch light three times — two long and one short — sending a friendly 3 a.m. salute to the CSL Tadoussac’s crew. A [...]

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September 26, 2014

This and that make a BIG NOISE!

This and that make a BIG NOISE!

While work on the KEEWATIN roof ( Storm Deck or Hurricane Deck) draws to a close, the Boys are thinking about their other passion..The whistle. A few blogs ago I shared the effort to restore the  KEEWATIN’s steam whistle valve that was part of rainy day projects. Now, the fellows have found the answer to [...]

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September 22, 2014

SAFE…Happy and sleeping at night!

SAFE…Happy and sleeping at night!

Meet Elizabeth Catherine..Known as ELLIE. This is my four week old Granddaughter from my oldest son Edward and his wife Sarah. Notice the smile on her face! Well she and I are both smiling because the technical team working on KEEWATIN’s blog, website and Facebook were able to repair the damage and salvage the site. [...]

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September 6, 2014

Restoration Update..What keeps the Bilge Rats busy?

Restoration Update..What keeps the Bilge Rats busy?

I thought, now we are actually in a hurricane up here in Port McNicoll as I write this, you might be wondering how the leaks in the top deck, or storm deck are doing. As the enclosed pictures show, we have been working on the storm deck since July. We found that at least 20% [...]

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August 28, 2014

GHOST TOURS OF KEEWATIN..

GHOST TOURS OF KEEWATIN..

Keewatin- the original ghost ship        Known as the most haunted ship in all of the western hemisphere, the Keewatin has been  lurking in an unfamiliar  land for over 45 years in the muddy, dark, depths of Kalamazoo River, Michigan. It now has travelled back to its rightful home on the shores of Georgian Bay [...]

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August 26, 2014

Captains Grille opens from the ashes..

Captains Grille opens from the ashes..

Good Bye Smokestack   The Keewatin is sad to see the Smokestack go. The SMOKESTACK was the brainchild of a long time friend of Capt. Rick and the KEEWATIN – he was part of the process to bring the ship back to Port McNicoll, and was even part of the crew that sailed from Michigan [...]

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August 17, 2014

FALL is in the AIR..But it is still summer!

FALL is in the AIR..But it is still summer!

August 17th..The Canadian National Exhibition is open, there are some maple trees on the 400 highway that have started to turn red and the nights get dark around 8pm. Where did summer go? Like the butter tarts we sell..Get em while there hot..They don’t last! Actually, this year it was hardly here. Ice until the [...]

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August 4, 2014

May the Roll Continue..

May the Roll Continue..

The tourist venues everywhere are crying the blues about a significant drop in the tourism business. It seems as the water level returned to the Great Lakes at the same rate as the cost of gas tourism dropped. I have heard percentages like 28% and 24%. Tearing up highway 400 hasn’t helped and neither did [...]

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July 24, 2014

A Mid July update..

A Mid July update..

It was a great day at KEEWATIN July 24th as we put more people through the ship in one day than ever recorded..It started with a planned tour from the Askennonia Senior Centre in Midland descended onto the park and took a tour of Keewatin then enjoyed a lunch at the SMOKESTACK the great BBQ [...]

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July 11, 2014

Into the Tourist Season..

Into the Tourist Season..

This is really the first week of July even though it is the 10th today. The actual first week was screwed up with the Canada Day being on the Tuesday and that seemed to throw everything off. The Pirate week end delivered more local visitors than tourists but this week we have had a stream [...]

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