KEEWATIN Continues Her Journey Out Into Lake Michigan

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.

KEEWATIN towed away. Photo © Roger LeLievre

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.

KEEWATIN stern first in to Lake Michigan. Photo © Roger LeLievre

Port McNicoll, Ontario expects to see KEEWATIN on June 23.

Special thanks for Roger LeLievre, Peter Knego

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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