History of the Main Dock
Everyone arrives and departs for the season at the main dock. Supplies come in over its weather-beaten boards. The long trips, outgoing and incoming, paddle past on either side. Bush planes drop in if the wind is right. At night its two kerosene lanterns on its lakeside end dutifully guide boats traveling up the arm. Steamers that once plied the lake stopped here on their daily routes.
The timbers have a voice, if you take the time to listen. A south wind howls through its stringers. Waves gurgle through its cribs. It moans and groans under the stress of tons of ice in the spring when a west wind blows the floes onto it, sometimes horribly disfiguring it.
There have been three main docks. The one above, dock 3, was constructed in the late 1920s.
Photo: Keewaydin archives
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