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Rally to keep Keewatin in Port a 'huge success' (7 photos)

Weekend in support of ensuring the Edwardian-era vessel remains in Port McNicoll draws 100 area residents

The rally to keep the SS Keewatin in Port McNicoll proved to be a bona fide hit.

“The rally on Saturday was a huge success,” said Keep Keewatin Home principal Dan Travers.

“Our only regret was that we could only have 100 people in attendance due to COVID,” added Travers, who spearheaded the Keep Keewatin Home sign and website campaign.

“Judging by how quickly we sold out and by the campaign's overflowing email inbox, we could have had 1,000.”

The event served to give area residents an opportunity to voice their opposition to Skyline Investments potentially moving the Edwardian-era vessel to a Kingston maritime museum.

Featuring speeches from Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Friends of Keewatin curator Fred Addis and others, the mid-afternoon event also featured entertainment provided by Tyler French and even a ship-themed cake.

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