Photographs of Split Lake Boats

=== by Bob Sutherland ===

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This webpage contains fall photographs of the M.V. Joe Keeper Ferry and two York Boats in Split Lake, Manitoba, Canada.

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Photo: scanJ042.jpg ~ Side view of the M.V. Joe Keeper Ferry tied up at its dock in Split Lake.
Photo: scanJ014.jpg ~ The other side of the M.V. Joe Keeper Ferry.
Photo: scanJ024.jpg ~ A view of what you would see as you line up and drive onto the M.V. Joe Keeper Ferry.

The sign says the ferry sails from the community of Split Lake three times per week at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The ferry is scheduled to arrive at a dock in the community of York Landing by 11:20 a.m.. It then departs for the return trip to Split Lake at 1:30 p.m.. That hopefully will be enough time for a transport truck riding on the ferry to unload its cargo in York Landing and then reboard the ferry for the return trip just two hours later. The ferry is scheduled to arrive back at the Split Lake dock by 3:30 p.m..

Notice that students and teachers are busy attending school during the operational hours of the ferry. I never saw a crew loading, unloading or sailing this ferry out on the lake.

Photo: scanJ020.jpg ~ That black, red and grey boat with the white bench seats is a York Boat. It is the big brother to a canoe for trips on big lakes and rivers where the crew are not expecting to do any portaging. I had learned all about York Boats when I was a child studying Canada's fur trading history. I was not expecting to find one just sitting here on the beach as I was walking around taking photographs.

That is the main community dock and boat launching area behind the York Boat. Beyond that is the ferry tied up to its dock.

Photo: scanJ075.jpg ~ There were two York Boats on the beach as shown in this photograph.