R.M.S. Segwun: A Signature Experience

North America’s oldest operational steamship.

In 1887 the R.M.S. Segwun was built in Glasgow, Scotland and assembled in Gravenhurst. The ship was originally a side paddlewheel steamer named Nipissing II and served as connection – transporting passengers, mail, and freight from The Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst to cottages, resorts and homes. In 1925, the ship was re-launched and given her Ojibwa name: Segwun, meaning ‘springtime’. The newly-outfitted steamer proved to be the fastest of the ships on the lakes, continuing her service to Canada Post and the many visitors in the area. In 1962, The RMS Segwun was converted into a floating maritime museum at The Muskoka Wharf and thus escaped deconstruction.