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Please join us to refit the S.S. Norisle as a Heritage Steam Passenger Cruise Ship.  Logo
 

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Please click here to download a copy of the Executive Summary Report from the S.S. Norisle Market / Feasibility Study

 


 


Click here to download our first newsletter - S.S. Norisle Calling (.PDF 1.07 Mb)


Friends of the Norisle welcome you to the official website of the S.S. Norisle, the first passenger steam ship built in Canada after World War II.  The Norisle is berthed at Bay Street Marina in Manitowaning (within the Township of Assiginack) on Manitoulin Island.  

After retiring from service in 1974, the Norisle was purchased by the Township of Assiginack in 1975 to serve as a major tourist attraction and floating museum.  She formed a part of the community's Museum Heritage Complex and was open to the public for self guided tours each summer for over 30 years.  As a floating museum, the Norisle served as one of the finest examples of the ships of yesteryear that sailed the Great Lakes.

The Norisle has been subject to controversial opinions over the years that vary from sinking her to establish a dive site to reinstating her as a regionally significant heritage cruise.  All said done, one key point remains - the Township of Assiginack, a small municipality with limited financial resources is not in a position to maintain the ship any longer as a floating museum. 

In the fall of 2006, the Norisle was threatened when her lower hull flooded.  Although she was pumped and secured, it became abundantly clear that new options needed to be explored as soon as possible to determine what the future may hold for our regional historic marine asset.

A group of compassionate citizens from across Manitoulin Island gathered at a public meeting and with the blessing of the Township of Assiginack - formed Friends of the Norisle. 

Norisle Community Photo in Celebration of Assiginack Township's 125th Birthday

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