Historic steamship leaving W. Michigan for Canada
DOUGLAS, Mich. (AP) -- The historic steamship Keewatin is leaving its West Michigan home of more than 40 years.
The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report the ship was freed Thursday from the bottom of Kalamazoo Lake as preparations continued for its relocation to Canada. The 350-foot ship is expected to be towed to Port McNicoll, Ontario, where it will be part of a waterfront and tourist attraction.
The Keewatin is expected to begin the trip this weekend and arrive in Port McNicoll on June 23.
The ship was built in 1907 in Scotland then brought to the Great Lakes, where it carried cargo and passengers. It was retired in 1965 and headed for the scrap yard.
It was brought to Douglas in 1967 where it has been a museum.