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The longtime captain of the M.S. Paddlewheel Queen and M.S. Paddlewheel Princess is setting sail for retirement, leaving the future of a Winnipeg tradition in limbo.
Steve Hawchuk announced today that he is retiring after 41 years — the longest serving captain in Manitoba marine history. Hawchuk said both the M.S. Paddlewheel Queen and M.S. Paddlewheel Princess are being appraised and will be put up for sale.
The 73-year-old said he’s "burnt out" from last year when high river levels marooned the Paddlewheel Queen in Selkirk. Hawchuk said he lost 70 per cent of his business due to the high water, and his ships had to move from Selkirk to the Alexander Dock to St. John’s Park in order to stay afloat.
"(High water) was a big role," Hawchuk said of his decision to retire. "Last year was the kicker."