RMS Segwun, a Muskoka tourism icon, is marking 130 years of operation in 2017. The ship, already historically significant to Canada, has become a world-class attraction. She was recently recognized as the only operating, steam-powered Royal Mail Ship left in the world.
Since 1840, Britain’s Royal Mail has granted the designation Royal Mail ship to approximately 200 ships around the world. In 2017, there are only 4 ships still permitted to use RMS, the largest is RMS Queen Mary II. The smallest is RMS Segwun. Of the 4 ships still sailing, three are diesel-powered, putting Segwun in a class of her own!
Due to her age, Segwun no longer sails daily from her home port of Gravenhurst, ON. The not-for-profit charity, Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre that owns the vessel maintains a sailing schedule that should ensure she is sailing during her 150th anniversary season in 2037.
Travellers who wish to sail aboard RMS Segwun can book either a sightseeing cruise or a cruise with dinner, August 19, 2017. That is the special anniversary cruise marking her 130th season. All guests will receive a commemorative gift.
Segwun has a sister ship, Wenonah II. Although she has a diesel engine, Wenonah II was built in 2002 to resemble the finest of Lake Muskoka’s steamer fleet from the 20th Century. She is equipped with an elevator and handicap facilities, for those travelers with mobility challenges.
To learn more about cruising Lake Muskoka on RMS Segwun and Wenonah II, visit realmuskoka.com or call toll free 1.866.687.6667