The Lake George Steamboat Company threw a party yesterday on the Steel Pier to celebrate 200 years of continuous service on the Queen of American Lakes. The free music festival featured four bands, food trucks and a beer tent. Attendees found seating on the decks of the Company’s ships, which were docked on all three sides of the pier. The Steamboat Company erected a stage on the pier, and the bands Capital Zen, Goose, Mr. F and Formula 5 performed to an audience of several hundred.
The Lake George Steamboat Company Launched its first vessel, the James Caldwell, in 1817 and has been running ships up and down the lake ever since. In the past, the company provided vital transportation services, making stops at landings along the lake. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction, offering scenic cruise tours of the lake on its three ships, the Lac du Saint Sacrament, the Mohican and the Minne-Ha-Ha. The Steamboat Company’s bicentennial celebration continues into the fall with a Family Fun Festival at the Deuce Moose Grill on Beach Road, Sept. 22 – 23 and an October 15 Fundraiser Cruise to benefit the Lake George Teen Center and Nico’s House.