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All aboard for the Chi-Cheemaun ferry’s 50th anniversary

All aboard for the Chi-Cheemaun ferry’s 50th anniversary

The MS Chi-Cheemaun will celebrate 50 years in service in 2024, and a new commemorative book is planned to chronicle its history sailing Lake Huron.

Travelling between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, the vehicle and passenger ferry has run from May to October annually since its maiden voyage in September 1974.

It serves as an important transportation link for commercial traffic transporting goods between southern Ontario and the northern part of the province. But it's also a popular attraction for visitors exploring the area during the summer tourism season.

In celebration of its half-century milestone, Richard J. Thomas, an Owen Sound-based author and historian, is seeking stories and photos from members of the public, to be compiled in an anthology that will be released this spring.

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 February 20, 2024