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History of Lake Sunapee  Steamboats

The “Steamboat Era” on Lake Sunapee began in 1854 and ended in the late 1920’s.  There was a brief period (1854 to 1860) when two passenger ships were in operation on Sunapee.
Then there was a break (caused by the Civil War) until 1876, when the Penacook/Mountain Maid was launched.
There were seven commercial steamboats on the lake.  The largest, Armenia White, was 101 feet long and could take 650 passengers.  Here are a few articles reproduced from the New Hampshire Profiles magazine (a State  of NH tourist publication from 1952 to 1991).

An excerpt (covering Blodgett’s and the surrounding area) from a B&M Railroad 1897 brochure about Lake Sunapee.  It describes all of the “Landings” on the lake.    Here is a 1900 B&M Railroad map of Lake Sunapee showing the then active steamboat landings.

Remember the Amenia White - NH Profiles April 1963 issue - 4 pages.

Lake Sunapee Steamboats Blodgetts - 1900  YouTube video of Lake Sunapee Steamboats - 1900

Slide show of the steamboats landing at Blodgett Landing dock.

Remember the Armenia White Article - April 1963

Sunapee Steamers -  NH Profiles August 1962 issue - 5 pages.

Lake Sunapee Steamboats - 1900
Sunapee Steamers Article - August 1962

Farewell to Lake Sunapee - NH Profiles August 1971- 4 pages.

Farewell to Lake Sunapee Article - August 1971
Steamboats Photo Album

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All photo album links corrected.

There were up to twenty steamboat landings once on Lake Sunapee. A  fleet of steam ships took guests to the many hotels/inns that were  located at these various landings from the late 1800's until the 1930's. They carried passengers, luggage, mail, cargo, etc. and gave Sunday  excursions to vacationers.

 Last updated 03/23/2019