The Story of the S.S. Keewatin: 112 Years of Steamboat History

Peterborough Historical society public lecture by Eric Conroy.

Built in 1907, S.S. Keewatin was one of several passenger steamships ordered for the Canadian Pacific Great Lakes fleet. Taken out of service in 1967, she was rescued from the scrap yard to become a marine museum in Michigan for 45 years. When threatened again, S.S. Keewatin was again saved, this time to return to Canada to be a museum in Port McNicoll, her former home port, where she remains today.

Eric Conroy served as a teenage waiter aboard the S.S Keewatin. After a career as a marketer, entrepreneur and publisher, he is currently President and C.E.O. of Friends of Keewatin, a charitable foundation dedicated to the ship’s preservation.

For more info on this event, please contact: Peterborough Historical Society. 705-740-2600 or 705-743-9710