Post by redbirdr33 on Sept 16, 2016 8:59:41 GMT -8
Tuscarora Marine Log No. 8
Lake George – 2016 Update
The Lake George Steamboat Company traces its operating charter back to 1817. 2017 will mark 200 years of service and the company is planning accordingly. The MOHICAN has been operating on the late since 1908. She was taken out of service on Labor Day and sent to the maintenance base at Baldwin, New York. There she will hauled out of the water on the marine railway for painting and refurbishment.
The LAC DU SAINT SACRAMENT is filling in for her during the fall covering the two hour long Islands Cruise.
Shoreline Cruises continues to operate the HORICON , built in 1989 and the ADIRONDAC built in 2004. Both vessels are showing the effect of the winters on Lake George and unfortunately present a rather shabby appearance. They need a new paint job, some fresh varnish and a general swabbing of the decks.
Post by irtredbirdr33 on Nov 8, 2017 12:34:05 GMT -8
Tuscarora Marine Log No. 14
Lake George Update – 2017
Lake George Steamboat Company
The Lake George Steamboat Company celebrated its 200th year of operation this year. There were many special cruises and events. Operationally the biggest change was to the once a week “Discovery Cruise” which operates over the entire thirty two mile length of the lake. The MOHICAN always operates in this service. The boat now leaves at runs on Tuesdays instead of Thursday and leaves at 10 AM instead of 8:30 AM. This means no more buffet breakfast on board. The snack bar does cook up breakfast and lunch items on request so you won’t go hungry. The boat makes a stop at Bolton Landing in the village of Bolton and close to the Sagamore resort. The trip then continues across the lake and through Paradise Bay (wind conditions permitting). The entire runs takes six hours. It then continues north to Baldwin Landing which is just south of the village of Ticonderoga. This service has become very popular with bikers who ride the boat in one direction and bike the other way. When I rode the boat in July there was one group of intrepid cyclists who were biking all the way from New York City to Montreal. They were taking a break and riding the boat all the way up the lake.
Shore Line Cruises
It is nice to report that Shore Line cruises had taken steps to improve the appearance of their vessels. Both the HORICON and the ADIRONDAC have been given a fresh coat of paint and a general swabbing of the decks. They now offer a 2 ½ hours Sunday Brunch cruise with a full buffet menu.
THE MORGAN continues to operate public cruises two days a week. She operates across the middle of the lake to Paradise Bay. Usually on Tuesday she meets up with the MOHICAN and they sail in company through the narrows. The MORGAN’s cruises are free to guest at the Sagamore Resort. The fare for on-guests in $25.00.
Thank you for this information. I did notice that the schedule for the Port Kent - Burlinton crossing for this year was cut to a one boat service with four crossing each way. The in-service boat would be the ADIRONDACK. There is a third boat available which is the VALCOUR (1947). The drawback is that she is a flat decker with a small passenger cabin in the hull. The other two boats by contrast were two deckers with vehicles on the main deck and a passenger cabin on the upper deck. The have outside seating as well and many of the passenger were there for the sightseeing and not basic transportation.
The good news is that the Grand Isle-Plattsburgh crossing is very busy with over eighty crossings each way year round. The Charlotte-Essex crossing now runs year round , ice conditions permitting. During the summer there are over twenty crossing each way. In the winter months the boats run hourly from 6 AM to 8 PM.
Well, the latest news is that instead of the MV Champlain, the Lake Champlain Ferry Company now is seeking approval to sink the MV Adirondack later this summer. I’ve been conversing with their Senior Captain, who says that the old girl is surplus to their needs. Her loss would be a huge shame for ferry fans, as built in 1913, she is presently the oldest double-ended ferry boat afloat in North America.
In addition, the third vessel on the Burlington-Port Kent route, the 1947-built MV Valcour has been offered for sale on several ship brokerage sites for at least two years. Also originally a double-ended, the flat-top looking vessel was partially repowered and converted to single end operation several years ago.
Motorists are apparently increasingly using shorter, faster crossings of Lake Champlain, meaning the longer, more scenic route is saddled with excessive capacity. The three vessels currently there are significantly older than any of the other lake ferries the company operates, and I suspect they’d like to introduce a modern vessel to the mid-Lake route as well.