Canada

SS Norisle

On July 15, 1946, the 215-foot SS Norisle, hull #136, was launched at the Collingwood Shipyards and was put into service as a ferry on October 17 of that year. It was operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company and ran between Tobermory and South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island. With a single 1,000 hp coal-fire steam engine and a gross tonnage of 1,668, the Norisle had a speed of 12 kts (22 km/h), and a capacity of 200 passengers and 50 vehicles. She was 203 feet in length, 36 feet across the beam, and had a 16 foot draught.

Washagami House 2

History: 

The best information that I've been able to obtain is that this was once a pheasant farm, and that the owner has passed away.

Personal Commentary: 

This was the primary target for the day, and I have to give a big shout-out to my coworker Al for tipping me off about this place.

Washagami House 1

This was a surprise.

We were in the midst of a 40-minute hike to find another location. As sometimes happens when walking significant distances, your eyes wander to the ground, and your mind wanders away. Suddenly, I looked up and there it was sitting just off the side of our path.

I love when this happens.

Hagar House

While looking over the route to another location I wanted to check out today, I happened to scroll past this place on Google Earth. I went back and scrolled in closer. It didn't appear there had been activity on they very long driveway in quite some time. Perhaps it would be worth a stop.

On this beautiful sunny Saturday, with Max the Exploring Husky tagging along, we walked down that very long driveway, well overgrown, and arrived at the place you see here.

I love these chance encounters.

Carr Houses

This was a twofer.

When I showed up, it was with the expectation that there was only one house. There were two.

As you will see in the pictures, the first looks like a very old farm house. It's falling ever so slowly apart and is beyond salvage. The second place, however, is in very good condition and could continue to be used. I think, however, that it's owner may have passed on.

Arnstein House

This place looked like a reasonable prospect on Google Earth. Of course, you never know what you've got until you get there.

When Max and I arrived, there appeared to be no traffic on the driveway for a considerable time. I got out and took a few exterior photos. As I came around the corner of the house I made the brief acquaintance of what had to be an 8-point buck. I'm not sure which of us ended up with the faster heart rate, but he bolted before I could even get my camera up.

Elbow Ridge House

It was a nice December morning as Max and I followed the routes laid out for us by the GPS. I still had a number of prospects to check out, and mother nature was being kind enough to afford me the time before snowfall to do so.

Dionne Road House

Spending another wonderfully warm fall day chasing down prospective abandonments with my buddy Max, I found this little place. This is probably the most sketchy structure that I have set foot inside to date. I really shouldn't have, but it was the only I was going to get any pictures of the place at all.

Deer Lake House

It was a little chilly, and there was a bit of snow on the ground. Normally, the latter would have ended my exploring season, but for some reason, I can't seem to let go this year. My trusty husky and I rolled up on this place and had a look around. The contents and lighting made it a great, worthwhile stop, but the proximity of neighbors immediately across the road ensured that I didn't linger here long.