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The Keewatin World Record Pull


supporting Radio for Cardiology

NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT AND CAN BE PAID BY CASH OR CREDIT CARD. SEE YOU AT THE KEEWATIN!

This year Canada is celebrating 150 years of Confederation. Port McNicoll is celebrating 100 years as a town, Keewatin is celebrating 110 years since her launch July 6 1907. As part of those celebrations, the S.S. Keewatin received a $1,000,0000 grant to rebuild the 100 year old docks where she is moored and develop a park to enhance her physical environment. To do this restoration, KEEWATIN had to be moved 350 feet away from the old dock area. Keewatin is 350 feet long, three stories high, 43 feet wide and weighs eight million pounds (3,800 tons). We are asking the greater community to help move the ship back into place by ropes and human pulling power on April 22nd. No ship of this size has ever been moved by manpower at any time!

This pull has the potential to MAKE A GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS RECORD and we want YOU to be a part of it! A special button and certificate will be given to each person involved in the pull, plus a free pass to visit during the season. The cost to participate is just $20, and all money raised will support the development of the future Advanced Cardiac Care Program at RVH, through Radio for Cardiology. Children 15 years of age and under can register to participate, but must be registered with a paying adult.

Background:

In 1912 KEEWATIN and her sisters moved to Port McNicoll where the the town grew and was referred to as the “Chicago of the North” because of this shipping/passenger facility. However, over time the rails improved, roads were established and airplanes made the ships obsolete.

In 1965 the steamship line was decommissioned and the last two ships were sold. One was for scrap, the S.S. Keewatin and the other, S.S. Assinaboia was sent to Camden New Jersey to be converted into a restaurant.

The Assiniboia caught fire and sank in 1967, but Keewatin (built in 1907) was saved by an American who for 45 years used it as a floating Museum in Saugatuck/Douglas Michigan from 1967.

The town of Port McNicoll emptied like an old balloon and was eventually taken over by the local township and faded from site going from a population of 7,000 to several hundred by 1970.

In 2011 a wealthy developer who had acquired the abandoned dock, provided the funds to purchase Keewatin from the American and moved it back to Port McNicoll and Canada on June 23 of 2012.

A volunteer group was formed locally and restoration began so that by 2016 an independent evaluator assessed Keewatin to be worth a value of $32.5 million dollars.

As it turns our KEEWATIN is the only surviving British built passenger ship from the Edwardian years ( 1900 to 1910) in the world. Keewatin is in working condition and comes complete with all her assets such as dishes, carpets, art, stained glass and grand staircases. There has been a TV documentary made and broadcast nationally by the CBC ( Canadian Broadcast Corporation) and a popular TV mystery show ( Murdoch Mysteries) based an episode filmed on board.

She attracts thousands a year as visitors from all over as Keewatin is 5 years older than Titanic built in 1912 and contains many common items such as engine and fine fittings. We are 90 minutes North of Toronto off highway 400,a major freeway.