Muskoka Lake, RMS Segwun
Today, we explored the Muskoka Lake region about three hours North of Toronto
with a cruise on the RMS Segwun, a restored coal-fired steamer. Originally
built in 1887 as a side-wheeler, it was converted in 1924 to twin screws. It's as
genuine as they come as you can see from the pictures below. The
cruise included a lunch at the Delta Sherwood Inn, located in the heart of
"cottage country" near Port Carling. After our cruise, we
re-boarded our bus for the three-hour trip to Sudbury for the
We're in the heart of Canadian Shield territory. There is
a very thin layer of soil on top of a solid granite core. Driving along
the highway, you can clearly see the exposed underlying rock everywhere.
We passed through an area where the highway was being relocated, and the
equipment being used to drill, blast, and move the rock was pretty
impressive! Building a foundation must be very tricky in this area - we
passed numerous businesses advertising rock foundations as their specialty.
If Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", Ontario
must be the "Land of 10,000 Islands". I did a quick scan
to see if I could get an official island count in the province, but that will
require a little more research. The "cottage country" area
around Lake Muskoka is characterized by hundreds, probably thousands, of
islands, ranging in size from tiny to substantial. Our voyage on the
RMS Segwun took us past many private islands with just one residence.
Tomorrow, we're traveling on a Budd RDC from Sudbury to White
River through some very remote country.
Links of interest:
RMS Segwun tours
Delta Sherwood Inn
|Toronto Union Station is right across the
street from our Toronto hotel, the Royal York. There's an
underground walkway that connects the two, although Mo pointed out that it
would have been easier just to walk across the street. This is a
picture of the station from our room.
||This is for Jessica, and she will know why.
||This interesting pond was adjacent to the
place we stopped for a morning coffee break. What's so interesting
about it is....
||...that the (animal) inhabitants of the
shelter in the middle of the pond must have good TV!
|Look carefully at this mural in Port
Carling. Can you tell what makes it so unusual?
||Here's a closer view...can you tell what it's
||And here you can see what really makes up the
mural. These are all historical photographs of the area. 9,028
pictures made from 905 original photographic images make up the mural.
||A very graphic sign, with a rather
|The RMS Segwun steams into the locks that
join Lake Muskoka and Lake Rosseau. The locks have a small lift -
maybe 2-1/2 feet.
||Mo enjoys viewing the thousands of islands
and "cottages" that dot the lake. Cottages is a bit of a
misnomer - most of these appear to be very high ticket houses.
||The engine room.
||More engine room. The Segwun has twin
screws, and the twin steam engines make very satisfying noises!
|Reflections in the polished brass cylinder
head. (We thought Betsy would like this picture!)
||The engine control panel.
||A schematic of the steam propulsion system on
the RMS Segwun.
||The crew has to do the dirty work - shoveling
coal into the boiler. "When men were steel and ships were
|Picture of the boiler interior, proclaiming
this to be the last "coal fueled, hand fired marine boiler in North
||One of the "cottages". Most
of these looked pretty expensive to me!
||Me on the ship.
||A moose greets visitors at this tie-up.
|The crew from the Delta Sherwood Inn greets
our ship for lunch. We have always received terrific Canadian
hospitality on our travels.
||The RMS Segwun docked at the Sherwood Inn.
||The First Mate keeps an eye out from the
wheelhouse deck. The engine controls were the original chains and
bells - you could hear (and watch!) the engineman respond to the Captain's
||Entering the locks on our way back from