ms chi-cheemaun, tobermory, ontario
Dawn, Tobermory, the Chi-Cheemaun is loading for the 7:00 am sailing to South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island.
The Chi-Cheemaun (Ojibwe = Big Canoe) is a roll on/roll off (RORO) passenger/car ferry owned and operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company- - -an Ontario government Crown Corporation. The ferry sails between South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island and Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula from May to October several times a day- - -a one way crossing through Georgian Bay takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. The Chi-Cheemaun first sailed in 1974: the ferry has a length of 111 m (364 ft), beam of 19 m (62 ft), speed of 16 knots (30 km/h, 18.5 mph), and is powered by four Caterpillar V8 diesels (4 x 2,300 hp). The Chi-Cheemaun has a capacity of 638 passengers and approximately 240 vehicles. From 1989-1992, the MS Nindawayma (former Manx Viking) complemented the Chi-Cheemaun on the South Baymouth-Tobermory route.