On the Big Muskoka Lakes, many of the oldest cottages are on islands. When cottages were first built, in the 1800’s, there were no roads. All land was water access. Ships like Cherokee, Islander, Sagamo and Segwun delivered people, groceries, hardware and lumber to cottage property. They did this into the 1950’s. Peerless, pictured here, delivered fuel. Recently refurbished, she now takes passengers on tours. Yesterday, Peerless was privately engaged and, for a time, was moored at Edith Island creating a scene reminiscent of Muskoka more than half a century ago.