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Muskoka At 30 MPH

  Traveling along Muskoka’s roads at the speed limit or better, is as simple as pushing a pedal for modern cars. The scenery whizzes by without consideration and without much attention. It wasn’t always so easy. The concept of weekend commuting and the expectation of perfectly paved roads is an experience my parents had yet […]

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Stylish Duke Runabout

  I recently photographed a very stylish Duke runabout called Vagabond II. At nearly 22′ long and powered by a Grey Marine, of Detroit, Michigan, six-cylinder engine with twin carbs, she is a real statement of Duke power and styling. I’m guessing the engine would put out around 130+HP if it is anything like the […]

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Keeping Track of History Part3

  Now that you know that the MSDC has a focused collection of some 6000 images, as well as brochures about the hotels and similar material, how can you access it for your research project? First, don’t come to the Centre looking for much in the way of 3D artifacts. Mary Storey, chief volunteer archivist, […]

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Keeping Track of History Part 2

  The mandate of the MSDC is primarily focused on the steamships and wooden boat industry. Volunteer archivist Mary Storey explained that the Centre has an extensive collection of print material and photographs that cover wooden boats, the hotels and their brochures. With over 6000 photos and a data base that includes about 7200 boats, […]

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Keeping Track of History Part 1

  Museums, on nearly any topic, create the expectation of keeping track of history, sorting artifacts, knowing their origins and stories and being able to pull this stuff out when needed. It is an important service that recognizes and honours heritage and innovations. The Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre is one such facility that strives […]

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