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Trillium (1910)

On the Toronto Island ferry service in Canada from 1910 to 1957, is the one side-wheel survivor, still in steam, restored to her early appearance and still based in her home port, available for charter. The 150 ft long vessel, built by the Polson iron Works at Toronto, is effectively double-ended, with two wheelhouses, and two separate steam cylinders of 17.5 and 34 inch diameter with a 48 inch stroke.
She was employed on ferry services from Toronto to the islands lying close off the city on lake Ontario which were, and remain, popular recreation destinations. After withdrawal she was sold to the Toronto Works Department, but she was laid up and deteriorated considerably
After lying derelect near Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island, restoration was initiated in 1973 and the hull restored and new wooden superstructure built. A new boiler was also fitted. The ship is substantially new but incorporating heritage items salvaged from other vessels as well as recreations of original design features of Trillium herself.
Trillium returned to service in May 1976.  For many years she was operated by the Great Lakes Schooner Company, a private venture offering various trips around Lake Ontario.
Following a refurbishment in 2017 she is back in operation by the city on the summer islands ferry run.

The Toronto ferries are operated by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.  When built, Trillium and her contemporary, Bluebell were purchased by the Toronto Ferry Company which had been established in 1892  out of the merger of several competing operations. The city purchased the company in 1926 and services were originally operated by the Toronto Transportation Commission, which operates the city's public transport system.



Above : Trillium at Jack Layton terminal in 2016. Photo by kind courtesy of OldYorkGuy made available under Creative Commons Licence  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
Photo has been cropped to remove some of the foreground water

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Klondike Spirit (2005)

Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Built by the Eagle Boat Company at Eagle (Alaska, USA) : Dimemsions : 88 ft x 18 ft. 

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SEGWUN : Muskoka Lakes Navigation Co, Ontario, Canada : home of RMS Segwun (an ex-paddler Nipissing II built 1887 and the oldest operational steamer in North America), the steam yacht Wanda III (of 1915) and the more modern replica steamship Wenonah II.

Parts were supplied from Glasgow and shipped to Canada 1887 for assembly at Gravenhurst and the walking-beam engine of burned-out predecessor PS Nipissing of 1871 (by Davidson & Doran of Kingston) was re-used. Her normal route was from Gravenhurst to Rosseau. She was out of service from 1914 until 1924 when her old broken down engine was removed and was fitted with two second hand engines and comprehensively rebuilt as a screw steamer. She served until damaged when she grounded in 1958. Served as a maritime museum for the town of Gravenhurst from 1962 until 1973 after which work started to return her to operational condition under the ownership of the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society. This was achieved in 1981 with the help of public grants.


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