Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012 by Martin Cox
KEEWATIN video by Roger LeLievre
King Co. of Holland tugs towed the 1907-built ship stern-first out of the channel, passing the Saugatuck pierheads at about 12:30PM and into Lake Michigan. Another tug from St.James Marine Co. took over to tow. KEEWATIN will go first to Mackinaw City then on to Port McNicoll, Ontario.
Five days ago the 350-foot Edwardian liner was stuck in the soft mud of Kalamazoo Lake, but today tugs pulled her through the shallow Saugatuck harbour.
KEEWATIN needed some strong help getting through the shallows and mud, but will soon be on her way to be the center of a redeveloped waterfront park in Port McNicoll, Ontario, her new home. The vessel will become part of a complex with a movie theater, social center and restaurants and part of the Georgian Bay maritime history museum.
Port McNicoll, Ontario expects to see KEEWATIN on June 23.
Special thanks for Roger LeLievre, Peter Knego