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Steamboat Louisa, Moosehead Lake

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Description

The Louisa steamboat makes her way into the cove at Greenville, plowing her way through the ice. Moosehead Lake generally freezes over in late November or early December and does not open up until early to mid-May. Steamer travel was always at the mercy of the weather and the elements.

Henry Sawyer built the Louisa and named her after his wife. Built in 1887, she was 73 feet long , 40 tons, with an 18 foot beam, and had a Paine engine which was finally junked by placing dynamite in the cylinders.

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