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‘STR. MEDORA MUSKOKA LAKES’
Scarce postcard, sent home by a French tourist.
All of the text on the front of the postcard!
Mailed to France, stamp removed. Postmarked ‘_UMARIS’ broken circle (assume BEAUMARIS).
Text in French : “..I passed this place on July 14th, it is where we exit one Indian river and enter into lake Rosseau…I am sending a view of this beautiful country, this boat comes every day in front of the hotel. I went on an excursion on a similar boat with the name Kenohza. I saw three lakes, an indian river…".
Stain UR. Creases left side.
The Medora was launched at Gravenhurst in June 1893. She was referred to as "the most ocean-liner-like" of all the Muskoka steamers. The Medora was renovated in 1901-02. She was drydocked and cut in half and lengthened by 20' bringing her to 142.6 feet. Because of the revisions she was less able to steer and vibrated. Her crew called her "The Moose" because of the vibration and her booming whistle. After her servicing she became the flagship of the fleet. Her captain was George Bailey.
She sailed as part of the Nipissing, Islander, Medora and Kenozha fleet taking passengers on day cruises from the Muskoka Express running from Toronto to the Muskoka Wharf. Some interesting facts about the Medora are that she is lends her name to the lounge on the Wenonah II, a section of her stained glass is in the dining hall of the RMS Segwun, and she is the new steel bulkhead of the RMS Segwun. So I guess you can say that she still sails today.
Beaumaris is a small settlement in Ontario, Canada, on Lake Muskoka which once served as an important transit point during the steamship era on the lake, and once hosted a summer hotel, called the Beaumaris Hotel.