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S.S. MOUNT WASHINGTON II

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AT WEIRS BEACH, NH

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.

 

 


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