Since 1872 there have been only two vessels
named MOUNT WASHINGTON to have cruised the beautiful waters
of New Hampshire's largest lake, Winnipesaukee.
The S.S. MOUNT WASHINGTON II has undergone many physical
changes over the past 57 years. The two most significant
changes were the addition of twin diesel engines in 1946
and the addition of 25 feet to her length in 1982. By adding
the diesel engines, the ship was rechristened with the prefix
M/V which stands for motor vessel as opposed to S .S. for
steamship. After a lengthening the ship 25 feet, she was
given the title of M.S. (motor ship) MOUNT WASHINGTON.
The future looks bright for MOUNT WASHINGTON CRUISES. Times
have changed and so has the "MOUNT". What used
to be basically a summer attraction now operates May through
October, offering Daytime Scenic, Evening Dinner/Dance and
Special Theme cruises. In 1987 a new home port facility
was built at Weirs Beach. This new building included an
on-shore kitchen, expanded gift shop and modern offices.
For the past ten years the "MOUNT" has been owned
and operated by local individuals.
With a capacity of 1250 passengers, the MOUNT is a popular
venue for school proms, college gatherings, and large corporate
celebrations, not to mention all the tourists visiting New
Hampshire. The MOUNT is a true fixture in the Lakes Region
making the choice of where to get married an easy one. We
estimate that over 700 happy couples have tied the knot
on the MOUNT and many return to share the memories.