Before the Chi-Cheemaun started plying the waters between Tobermory and South Baymouth in 1974, the ship of renown was the M.S. Norgoma.
She was originally constructed as a steam-powered ship in 1950 and converted for motorized operation to provide ferry services starting in 1964.
When replaced by the ‘Big Canoe’, Norgoma was taken over by the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre, which berthed her in Sault Ste. Marie as a museum ship.
However, the funding to maintain the ship dried up and the city repossessed her last September and put her up for sale for $2,500.
On Monday night, the city and Tobermory Real Estate Investors Incorporated signed a deal to buy the ship, and pay related rental and relocation costs.
The company is now in the process of finding a berth for the ship to be housed in Tobermory once more and is cautiously optimistic they will do so by the end of the shipping season.
Photos: The M. S. Norgoma will return home to Tobermory. Tobermory Real Estate Investors Incorporated has bought her for $2,500 and are responsible for all relocation costs. The ship served as the ferry service between Tobermory and South Baymouth from 1964 to 1974. Photos provided by norgoma.org. For a history of the ship, visit http://norgoma.org/history