Katahdin Cruises and the Moosehead Marine Museum
Katahdin Cruises and the Moosehead Marine Museum invite you to experience history. Step aboard KATAHDIN for a leisurely cruise and enjoy the natural beauty and history of Moosehead Lake. Visitors are also welcome to browse the shoreside museum.
KATAHDIN was built in 1914 by the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Steamboats like KATAHDIN carried passengers, livestock, mail, supplies and equipment to large resorts, small hunting camps and villages around the lake.
Yet soon after KATAHDIN was launched, lake steamboating faded away. Cars and trucks began carrying more and more travelers and cargo on new roads around Moosehead. By the mid-1930s, only KATAHDIN remained of the lake's once-large steamboat fleet. KATAHDIN was converted to diesel power and used as a towboat to haul booms (rafts) of logs. She continued that job until 1975 and worked the nation's last log drive. She was then designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1976, the Moosehead Marine Museum was founded. It acquired the KATAHDIN as its star exhibit. In addition to the KATAHDIN, the Museum has an extensive collection of steamboat memorabilia and early photographs of the Moosehead area. The Marine Museum is dedicated to preserving the glorious days of steamboating and the heritage of the Moosehead Lake Region.