Once upon a time, steamships were the favoured method of transportation in Muskoka. In 1910, the Poulson Iron Works launched a private yacht, christened the SS Ella Marie, owned by a family with a cottage on Lake Muskoka. One of the last of her kind to be built, she was a sleek vessel, meant for pleasure cruises under the summer sun. Then fate intervened, and the private yacht became a ferry for Bigwin Inn. Her name was changed to the SS Bigwin, and for the next four decades, she was the hardest worker at the inn. When the inn closed, she was left to sink in the boathouse. Eventually, some years later, she was rescued, but it took another 20 years to return her to the lake. This book traces her life across a Muskoka century, and recounts her restoration and triumphant return to Lake of Bays in 2010.
The book has lots of pictures, many have never been published before. All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the SS Bigwin. Buy your copy now for $45.
The book is also available at:
Robinson’s General Store