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THE MUSEUM SHIP NORGOMA

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RESTORATIONS

 
READ AND VIEW ALL THE YEARS OF WORK THAT IS BRINGING THE SHIP CLOSE TO ITS ORIGINAL BEAUTY.
marina Park where the Norgoma Docks
Sault Ste. Marie's Marina Park Where the Norgoma Resides
 
 When the ship was brought to the city it was parked on the waterfront near where it sits today. The area soon became known as the “Norgoma Marine Park”. In the mid 90’s, the city rebuilt the area and renamed it the Roberta Bondar Park. During construction the ship was temporarily moved to the outer wall of the park. With the financial assistance of government, the city built a small marina and a slip for the MS Norgoma. The area directly beside the ship was initially configured and planned to be for a Marine Museum with direct access to the vessel as its chief artifact. 
 
Norgoma Docked in the Marina
Norgoma Docked in the Marina Park
 
SOME EXTERIOR RESTORATION DETAILS
Due to the severe wooden deck damage that had developed, a large project was implemented that repaired much of the damaged wood and addressed the waterproofing of the wooden decks.
 
They also refinished the wheelhouse area. However over the next decade water infiltration continued and inside work could not be continued until the ship could be made weather-tight.
 
In the late 90’s the rear 40’ of the sundeck was redone and this allowed work to begin in the aft Boat deck area, planned for a meeting room, library and lounge. Work on the main deck, as it was encased in steel, could also continue and an admission counter, a small gift shop and two of the four original crew cabins were rebuilt. 
 
 

Images of work on the Norgoma

 

Volunteers working on Norgoma DeckWaterproofing wood decks

 

Refurbished Steering Wheel Room

Refinished Wheelhouse

 

Painting the hull of the shipPainting the exterior

 

 

Renovated Captains QuartersRenovated Captain's Cabin

After many years of consultation and negotiations, in the spring of 2006 another work project, funded in part by Service Canada, brought a small group of workers on board to address the exterior aesthetics of the ship. This involved removal of the old lead based paint from the Promenade deck up to the stacks, then re-priming and painting the entire exterior. Because the ship could not be moved workers had to drape the ship as they used hand and air chisels to carefully remove and capture all the paint chips. The deck edges of the Sundeck were also repaired and sealed.

Preparations needed to paint the ship.

Norgoma Hull before painting

Preparation for painting hull

Preparations needed before repainting the Norgoma

WORK CONTINUES ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE SHIP

 

In the fall of 2006 the Corporation and Service Canada entered into another agreement to continue the work that began in the spring. The remainder of the sundeck was removed and rebuilt with new plywood, membrane and carpeting. This same procedure was done to areas on the promenade deck under the lifeboats and the front of the bridge deck.

 

Sundeck View of the Refurbished Sundeck and Promenade Deck

 

Promenade DeckSundeck

 

 


INTERIOR WORK

A Display Area

Renovated entrance

Reception Area

reception area of Norgoma

Renovated Lounge

Renovated Lounge Area 

 
 
In addition to the museum feature of the vessel, the present goal is to bring the ship to a level that will allow a Bed & Breakfast option to be developed as a financial source to maintain the ship.
 
When traveling in our area, we hope you will all take the opportunity to visit one of the true historic artifacts of the rich marine heritage of the Great Lakes.
 
 
 

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Image of The Ontrario Trillium Foundation plague

In 2009 the Norgoma received an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grand to renovate the ships washrooms.