Marine Museum of Manitoba

Marine Museum of Manitoba
Marine Museum of Manitoba
Established 1972
Location Selkirk, Manitoba Canada.
the "last run" of the MS Keenora, being dragged into position at Selkirk Park, 1973
the "last run," MS Keenora arrives at museum site Selkirk Park 1973

The Marine Museum of Manitoba, at Selkirk, Manitoba, was established in 1972 to gather ships, artifacts, and items relating to shipping, to tell the story of the development and the operation of transportation on Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. The period covered by the Museum's displays starts circa 1850 and continues to present day.

The Marine Museum is a non-profit organization operated by a board of local citizens operating under the name of The Marine Museum of Manitoba (Selkirk) Inc. With support from the City of Selkirk and nearby businesses, as well as from both the provincial and federal government, the museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret its collection of historical artifacts.

Among its collection of ships, the Motor Ship Keenora was the first acquired by the museum. Abandoned in the Selkirk Slough in 1966, the MS Keenora was purchased from Marine Transport Navigation Company in 1972, by a group of twenty Selkirk businessmen. In the summer of 1973 the Keenora was removed from the waters of the Red River on the Selkirk dry dock (marine railway), then dragged on its keel, across the grass of Selkirk Park, to its present location, near the park entrance.

Stationary vessel exhibits

  • SS Keenora (built in 1897) is the oldest preserved steamboat in Manitoba.
  • CGS Bradbury (built in 1915) was an ice breaker owned by the federal government.
  • M/S Chickama II (built in 1942), connection vessel operating between Warren Landing and Norway House.
  • M/S Lady Canadian (built in 1944), a vessel for fishing and hydrographic mapping.
  • M/S Peguis II (built in 1955), a barge tug.
  • M/S Joe Simpson (built in 1963), replacement vessel of M/S Chickama II.


The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


Coordinates: 50°08′47″N 96°51′55″W / 50.1465°N 96.8652°W / 50.1465; -96.8652

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