Residents urged to sign petition signalling historic ship’s SOS
‘Certainly as an historian and local resident, the idea that we might lose this ship is heartbreaking,’ Port McNicoll man says
By: Andrew Philips Midland Today July 8 2020
A Port McNicoll man wants area residents to do their part to ensure an irreplaceable link to the past doesn’t float away.
Dan Travers has created a petition to try to keep the SS Keewatin in its home port after word spread that there’s an “imminent risk” Skyline Investments, which owns the Edwardian-era vessel, could move it from its Port McNicoll anchorage to a museum in Kingston.
“The loss of the ship would not only be detrimental to local history, but also a loss of opportunity for development and employment in North Simcoe,” said Travers, who hopes the petition found here gathers 5,000 signatures.
“The Keewatin is central to the revitalization of Port McNicoll, a town once considered ‘the Chicago of the North.’ Certainly as an historian and local resident, the idea that we might lose this ship is heartbreaking.”
Skyline spent “around $1-million” to bring the ship back to Port McNicoll in 2012.
See also: https://savekeewatin.ca/