Date: May 13, 2006 at 23:18:43 From:John Fryant, [verified user] Subject: Re: Chateaugay to the S.S. Mount Washington - pictures
Franz, I must correct you on the Chateaugay Mt. Washington pics. The Mt. Washington in the photo is the original wooden hulled sidewheeler, which ran on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH and was totally destroyed by fire during the Winter of 1939. The Chateaugay was an iron hulled steamer that operated on Lake Champlain. After The Mt. Washington burned the owners purchased the Chateaugay and stripped her down to the iron hull. This was then cut into sections, loaded on railroad flatcars and transported to Lake Winnipesaukee and re-assembled. A new superstructure was built on the hull and she became the S. S. Mt. Washington, a twin screw steamer bearing no resemblence at all to the original. Some years later she was converted to diesel and the superstructure modified a bit. She is still in operation as the MV Mt. Washington, and still with the Chateaugay's old hull. I've heard it said that an iron hull on fresh water will last forever.