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First of the Mohicans: 1904

First of the Mohicans: 1904

1904. "Sagamore Hotel dock, Green Island, Lake George, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Mohican I (1894 - 1908)

"The first Mohican [shown here] was built in Lake George Village on Pine Point. She was launched in 1894, she was 93 feet long and 17 feet wide and weighed 150 tons (the current Mo weighs 200 tons). She was propelled by a single 200 horsepower steam engine which worked a single propeller.

"She wasn't originally built for the Steamboat Company, but she was later purchased by the company. The company then improved the main deck, added steam heating, carpeting, and toilets among other things.

"She sailed daily from Baldwin (Ticonderoga) at 7:20 am, stopping at all of the landings when signaled to, and arrived at Caldwell just in time to catch the 11:25 am southbound train. She then left Caldwell to head back up to Ti at 2:45 pm and (once again after making all her landings) arrived in Baldwin at 6:30 pm. During busy times in the summer, she also made stops in Paradise Bay and the Narrows.

"After 14 years of faithful service the Mohican (I) was retired on 1908, just as the new steel-hulled Mohican (II) was rolled into service to replace her. The first Mohican was dismantled in Ticonderoga that same year."

Source: Lake George Steamboat Company.

The Lake George Steamboat Company turns 200 years old in 2017.

The Mohican II, which is still in service and is on the National Register of Historic Places, also has the antlers mounted at the top of the wheel house. The Mohican II is shown in the first photo below, and the other photo shows another view of the Mohican I.


Those row boats are what we called St Lawrence skiffs when I was a kid. My family had a cottage on the St Lawrence River at Point Vivian, near the International Bridge. Our only boat was a double oar-lock skiff very similar to the ones pictured.

It was a beautifully made and maintained wooden boat, but I yearned for something with an outboard motor and drooled over the Chris-Crafts and other inboards seen at the public docks in Alexandria Bay!

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