– Story –

To think you could take a train from Boston, New York, or other big cities beyond and be dropped off in the middle of the wilderness, several hundred miles from anywhere…right at the water’s edge of Moosehead Lake, then take a steamboat to a grand 600-guest resort hotel in the midst of the Maine woods.  In 1900 you could do this.  Thousands of people escaped from the hustle, bustle, and heat of the cities to the wilderness of the Moosehead Lake Region – for the same reasons they do today.

Now imagine over 25 steamboats cruising Moosehead Lake ferrying tourists, sportsmen, businessmen, and cargo, or even towing logs.  What happened to all of them?  

While we can’t go back in time, we can visit the underwater remains of the steamboats, show their history, and tell the stories of those whose lives were impacted.   By combining high-definition underwater video, interviews, and historic images, this historical documentary tells the real-life tale of three sunken steamboats and what happened to them, while also providing an overview of steamboating history on Moosehead Lake.  Your support is needed to make Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake possible.  Produced in partnership with the Moosehead Marine Museum, Moosehead Lake Divers, and the Moosehead Historical Society.

Why Make This Film? More History

– How to Contribute –

There are so many ways you can get involved in this project!  First, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Moosehead Marine Museum for this project through our GoFundMe campaign. Second, you can make an in-kind donation in the form of goods or services. Third, become a sponsor and we’ll put your business logo, description, and link to your site on this website…and more!

Prefer a more hands-on approach?  If you’re a certified diver with video or still photography experience we’d love to hear from you!  Also, if you have first-hand experience or were somehow involved in with steamboats on Moosehead Lake, you may be a great candidate for the oral history part of this project.  If you have old pictures or any other materials you’re interested in sharing or donating, by all means please reach out!

Lastly, it’s free to share…so please share this site, invite your friends to like our Facebook page, and tell your friends and family!

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Another wreck rediscovered over Labor Day Weekend! Originally documented by Christopher C. Hugo in Summer of 1993. She lies in the mouth of Kineo Cove. We had made several attempts to find her starting in 2015 and with a few more clues and good sonar, we managed to drop anchor right on top of the boiler by accident. We hope to identify this wreck for the project.

Divers: Matt Kane, Pat Patrick Laase, Garrett Kane, Nick Fusco, and Ryan Robbins of Moosehead Lake Divers.
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Remains of unidentified steamboat in Kineo Cove. Images taken September 2, 2017 by Ryan Robbins of Moosehead Lake Divers. This wreck was originally documented by Chris Hugo in Summer of 1993. Moosehead Lake Divers had been looking for her for two seasons...and finally we found her! Question is what happened to her? Only vessel so far that we've seen with both the steam engine and boiler intact. Compared to other remains we've seen, there's not much scorching. Bow section is broken away from stern at midship. We hope to identify this vessel.

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Remains of unidentified steamboat in Kineo Cove. Images taken September 2, 2017 by Ryan Robbins of Moosehead Lake Divers.

This wreck was originally documented by Chris Hugo in Summer of 1993. Moosehead Lake Divers had been looking for her for two seasons...and finally we found her!

Question is what happened to her? Only vessel so far that we've seen with both the steam engine and boiler intact. Compared to other remains we've seen, there's not much scorching. Bow section is broken away from stern at midship.

We hope to identify this vessel.
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Remains of unidentified steamboat in Kineo Cove. Images taken September 2, 2017 by Ryan Robbins of Moosehead Lake Divers. This wreck was originally documented by Chris Hugo in Summer of 1993. Moosehead Lake Divers had been looking for her for two seasons...and finally we found her! Question is what happened to her? Only vessel so far that we've seen with both the steam engine and boiler intact. Compared to other remains we've seen, there's not much scorching. Bow section is broken away from stern at midship. We hope to identify this vessel.

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Made first few dives last weekend with new Nauticam housing for our Panasonic GH5 camera. Here are a few test stills taken around Steamboat Point. These images are of the Twilight II and Kineo wrecks. ... See MoreSee Less

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Awesome day today with Aislinn Sarnacki. Big thank you to Matt Kane for being boat Captain and dive buddy today and to Liz McKeil who was our first mate. Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.

Matt snapped this while we were talking with Aislinn up in the wheelhouse of the Katahdin this morning. We followed this with two excellent wreck dives on the Twilight and Priscilla.
Stay tuned for future article about diving on Moosehead and the project!
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