The S.S. Pumper is currently not operating.


The S.S. Pumper Celebrating her 100th Year on the Great Lakes Historic Steamboat

October 30, 2003

Friends, Partners & Supporters of the S.S. Pumper,

I guess you are all aware it’s been a tough couple of years for the “Tourism Industry”. After serious reflection on our operation and the cost of operating the only “Wood Fired Steam Tour Vessel” in North America we have decided to cease operations in Niagara on the Lake.

Many factors contributed to this decision but the main determining factor was the continual refusal of the Town on Niagara on the Lake to assist with signage to the Navy Hall Dock location or any other manner of support. It seems that we are a commercial operation and we are not allowed any special privilege over a store or other commercial operation. The fact that the Pumper celebrated its 100th birthday on the great lakes in 2003 and did not even receive recognition of its Historic Stature or “importance” to the Town during the past seven years was well noted. If we had even come close to covering our operational costs we might have waited for the long expected resurgence in the Tourism Industry, but this year was by far the worst we have endured since we started our operation in NOTL.

The refusal of the Canadian Parks Service, or Niagara National Historic Sites to adjust our operational fees to an amount based on sales rather than a fixed rental fee of $ 20,000.00 per annum and the increase in our Insurance by over 140% in the last 2 years (we have been claims free for 15 years) also factored into this tough decision.

We wish you all well and although we will not be operational in 2004 we may be in 2005. We are actively looking for a location that will assist in the operation and preservation of Canada’s Last Original Steam Powered Steel Tour boat and will consider relocating or selling the S.S. Pumper to interested parties. Special consideration will be given to historical organizations and community operations.

Yours Truly,

Doug Pettit and Family
Owner’s of the S.S. Pumper