See the historic Katahdin steamship over the years

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
The steamer Twilight is sunken in the foreground while the Katahdin cruises by.
Courtesy of W.H. Ballard
The steamer Twilight is sunken in the foreground while the Katahdin cruises by.
The Katahdin cruise ship is docked in Greenville during the winter of 1986.
BDN File Photo
The Katahdin cruise ship is docked in Greenville during the winter of 1986.
A Katahdin ferry captain stands at the helm of the ship in Greenville, Maine.
BDN File Photo
A Katahdin ferry captain stands at the helm of the ship in Greenville, Maine.
The Katahdin Steamship carries passengers Sept. 17, 1991
BDN File Photo
The Katahdin Steamship carries passengers Sept. 17, 1991
BDN File Photo
As the steamer Katahdin approaches Greenville while returning from a cruise on Moosehead Lake, tourists seated on the upper deck examine the East Cove shore.
Brian Swartz | BDN
As the steamer Katahdin approaches Greenville while returning from a cruise on Moosehead Lake, tourists seated on the upper deck examine the East Cove shore.
Returning from a cruise on Moosehead Lake, the steamer Katahdin approaches East Cove at Greenville.
Brian Swartz | BDN
Returning from a cruise on Moosehead Lake, the steamer Katahdin approaches East Cove at Greenville.
Snow blanketed the Moosehead Lake region while the steamship Katahdin is tied up at a dock.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Snow blanketed the Moosehead Lake region while the steamship Katahdin is tied up at a dock.
The steamship Katahdin cruises on Moosehead Lake with Mount Kineo in the background.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
The steamship Katahdin cruises on Moosehead Lake with Mount Kineo in the background.
The steamship Katahdin cruises on Moosehead Lake.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
The steamship Katahdin cruises on Moosehead Lake.

This August, the steamship Katahdin celebrates 100 years afloat in Moosehead Lake. According to the Moosehead Marine Museum website, the national historic landmark was launched into the north Maine waters in Aug. 20, 1914. The “Kate,” as the steamship has been called, is the last of many boats that carried tourists, livestock, equipment and mail across the lake. Mount Kineo, one of the popular resorts in the area, and small villages were provided transportation by the steamships of the time. Here is a collection of steamship Katahdin photos from the BDN archives.

On Aug. 16, the Moosehead Marine Museum will host a birthday party and cruise for the 100-year-old ship.

Jeanne Luetjen contributed to this slideshow.

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