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Trillium (1910)

Toronto

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 lying derelect near Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island, restoration was initiated in 1973 and the hull restored and new wooden superstructure built by Her Fraser at Humberstone. A new boiler was also fitted.
Trillium returned to service in May 1976. It is owned by the City of Toronto but marketed and operated by the Great Lakes Schooner Company and is mostly in service on charters with only very occasional public outings.

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OPERATIONAL SIDEWHEELERS - DIESEL-HYDRAULIC POWERED

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 engine of burned-out predecessor PS Nipissing of 1871 (by Davidson & Doran of Kingston) was re-used. 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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