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Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton has made his bid to keep the SS Keewatin in Port McNicoll.

The long-time MP presented an e-petition in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon. The petition was signed by 1,585 residents with most living in Simcoe County.

In his presentation, Stanton first outlined how the Keewatin was built in 1907 and is now the world’s last remaining passenger steamship of the Edwardian era – “that is the same ilk of another famous vessel you’ll know,” the RMS Titanic.

Stanton noted that the Keewatin is a beautifully restored museum ship moored in the same port from which she sailed as a CPR ship from 1912 to 1965, and gave passage to tens of thousands of residents and new Canadians making their way to Canada’s west. []