"Temagami" now on display at OPP General Headquarters
ORILLIA, ON, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Friends of The OPP Museum unveiled the OPP's very first marine vessel today, adding a rare and
unique piece of history to The OPP Museum at General Headquarters (GHQ).
Built at Niagara-on-the-Lake by Shepherd Boats, Temagami is a 1949 22-foot Runabout Deluxe Sedan. Along with sister boat
Kenora, it was one of only two marine vessels the OPP had to navigate
Ontario lakes and rivers, and really marks the creation of the OPP's
first Marine Unit. It was stationed at the Temagami Detachment and was
a welcome relief to officers who previously had to rely on whatever
local water transportation was available for loan or hire.
The Friends of The OPP Museum purchased the vessel for the museum in 2010 and following some minor
restoration work, is now making its first "re-debut" public
appearance. Temagami is in excellent condition in light of its age and the more than 20 years
she served as an OPP Marine Unit boat.
With a beautiful mirror-finish mahogany deck, original siren and fenders
and even the original chrome name plate letters on the stern, it brings
us back to a time when wooden boats ruled the waves.
Temagami is available for public viewing on the main floor of GHQ where it will
remain as an OPP Museum display along with Car 1, a 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe that
represents the OPP's first cruisers.
"Thanks to the hard work of the Friends of The OPP Museum, Temagami has rejoined the OPP family after all these decades and we are
extremely pleased to have this historical vessel connect us to the
early days of our OPP Marine Unit". - Chris Lewis, OPP Commissioner.
"We were very excited to be able to add another "first" to the museum's
collection - Temagami also known as Boat #1, the Marine Unit's first vessel, will now be
proudly and appropriately on public display at GHQ beside Car #1,
representing the first cruisers introduced in 1941. - Doug Cole,
President, Friends of The OPP Museum.
Temagami is 1.52 meters (5 feet) wide and can comfortably carry 6 passengers.
It still has its original state-of-the-art Chrysler Vee Drive engine,
capable of speeds up to 45 m.p.h. that operates with pedals and gears
similar to a car.
Today, the OPP polices more than 110 thousand square kilometres of lakes
and rivers which accounts for 95 per cent of Ontario's policed
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: Christine Johnstone, A/Curator, The OPP Museum
Phone: (705) 329-6889