The Katahdin and the Twilight, Moosehead Lake, ca. 1940
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This photograph of the steamers Katahdin II and Twilight II Steamers shows them at Shipyard Point on Moosehead Lake around 1940. The Twilight II is on its side and mostly sunken.
The Twilight II was built in 1911 and sank at her mooring at Shipyard Point in mid February 1943. The Twilight II was was 95 feet long and had a tricky three cylinder, 175 lb. pressure, engine. Reportedly, the engine was so large a man could stand inside the largest cylinder of it. The Twilight II was built by Stillman Sawyer and captained by Cliff Sawyer, her remains can be seen today at low tide.
The Katahdin II was christened in 1913. She has a steel hull and was built at Bath Iron Works. The pieces of the ship were then shipped in sections by rail to Greenville, where she was assembled. The Katahdin II is 115 feet long with a 26 foot beam, 8 foot draft and a large upright boiler. As of 2013, the Katahdin II is still in use for scenic cruises.
Both steamers operated for passenger travel and towed booms of wood on Moosehead Lake to the Kennebec River log drives. The Twilight II and the Katahdin II were also both part of the fleet of the Coburn Steamboat Company.