AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Since the relaunch of the R.M.S. Segwun in 1981 to the building of Wenonah II and Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre, we have proudly accepted numerous awards with only a sample sited here.
On June 1st, 1974, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau officially launched the refurbished Segwun in Gravenhurst and started her present career as a cruise ship extraordinaire.
Canada Post honoured the RMS Segwun with a 36cent commemorative stamp. As an official 'Royal MailShip', the Segwun maintains her designation and status with Canada Post to this day
The Muskoka Lakes Navigation & Hotel Company was presented with the prestigious Phoenix Award by the Society of American Travel Writers.
"Because tourism leaves permanent 'footprints,' some harmful to the environment, some destroying the reasons for traveling, the Society of American Travel Writers in 1969 created an award to recognize conservation and preservation efforts of individuals and organizations," SATW President Len Barnes said in 1988. Since then, SATW has recognized conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution accomplishments as they relate to travel.
Recognizing the R.M.S. Segwun, the Town of Gravenhurst presented our company with an Outstanding Achievement Award for creating, maintaining and promoting a unique international attraction.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien rededicated the Wanda III Steam Yacht as she entered her new career sailing on the Muskoka lakes. Prime Minister Chretien attended the celebrations on board Wanda in Gravenhurst.
The Muskoka Heritage Foundation recognized the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society in regards to the Wanda III Steam Yacht with the Muskoka Built Heritage Award for helping to secure a cultural legacy for future generations.
2001 & 2002
For two consequetive years, Attractions Canada recognized the R.M.S. Segwun as the Best Large Attraction in the Province of Ontario.
Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is voted as one of Where Magazine's most exciting new attractions.
Canadian Tourism Commission
R.M.S. Segwun Millionaires Row Cruise
Selected as part of the elite "Signature Experience Collection"
This award recognizes Segwun's unique and authentic tourism experience which is of interest to travellers around the world.
Steamship & Historical Society of America
Special Recognition Award
125th Anniversary of R.M.S. Segwun
Awarded to Segwun as North America's oldest operating steamship in celebration of her 125th anniversary.
Best Community Organization
The Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society was recognized for undertaking projects and programs that have had significant positive impact on Muskokans.
Muskoka Heritage Foundation
Community and Cultural Heritage Award
R.M.S. Segwun was selected to receive this award as a structure showing sensitivity towards the care of the built environment and in helping to secure a cultural legacy for future generations.
Did you know?
- The R.M.S. Segwun continues to be recognized by Canada Post as a "Royal Mail Ship" and that mail can be hand-franked or cancelled from the ship as they did more than 100 years ago.
- In 1974, the Segwun was recommissioned by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
- In 1996, the Wanda III Steam Yacht was recommissioned by Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
- The Segwun's coal comes all the way from Kentucky.
- Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre opened in 2006 and celebrates Muskoka's steamship era, grand resorts and hotels and the region's rich boat-building history.
- Wenonah II is Canada's newest passenger vessel combining turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning and an on board elevator.
- The Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is home to North America's largest in-water display of antique and classic boats.
- The ship's private label wine is one of the few given permission by the LCBO to be sold in stores throughout Ontario.
- In 2001 and 2002, the Segwun won the award of "Best Large Attraction" by Attractions Canada.
- In 1988, the Segwun won the prestigious "Phoenix Award" presented by the Society of American Travel Writers. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding efforts in preservation and conservation.
- In years past, a steamship purser used to take tickets as passengers boarded. Today, our Purser is responsible for all guest services on board including your dining experience.
- The Segwun used to carry passengers, freight and mail to a variety of ports on the Muskoka lakes before the days of the automobile.
- Each year, the Segwun and Wenonah II host upwards of 30 memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions.
- In recent years the shift to air transport for mail has left only three ships with the right to the prefix; RMS Segwun, which serves as a passenger vessel in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, RMS St Helena, which serves the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, and RMS Queen Mary 2. QM2 was conferred "RMS" by Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route as a gesture to Cunard's history – The RMS Segwun is the oldest Royal Mail Ship in the world.