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Lac du Saint Sacrement History
It is a brief history so far, but here is the history of our flag ship, The M.V. Lac du Saint Sacrement.
In the 1970's there appeared on Lake George a demand for a vessel which could service conventions, large groups wishing first-class food service, and moonlight sailing offering entertainment. The Steamboat Company determined to begin construction on a new boat at its Baldwin Shipyard.
The Minne on the dry dock while the Saint's hull was being built behind it (summer of 1987)
The design of the new vessel needed to be one which would comply with modern safety regulations while still reflecting the traditions of eastern steamboating. The prototype selected was the old Hudson River day vessel, the Peter Stuyvesant. She had been a propeller-driven vessel, but her design had retained the character and grace of the vessels of the 19th century. Mr. Robert Simons, a noted marine architect, was retained and he produced an extremely attractive design for the 189 foot 6 inch vessel (the largest to sail on the inland waters of New York State).
In naming the vessel it was decided to return to the original name given to the Lake by the Jesuit priest, Issac Joques, in 1646. The name met with approval of the Catholic hierarchy and the vessel was named the Lac du Saint Sacrement, meaning "The Lake of the Blessed Sacrament."
The keel of the Saint Sacrement was laid in June of 1979. Each subsequent summer, a small crew of men worked in framing and plating the hull. A bow-thruster tunnel and unit was installed in the bow section, as were propulsion shafting, rudders and propellers in the stern section. Her hull was launched in September of 1987 and towed by the Mohican to the Steel Pier in Lake George Village for installation of her engines, completion of her superstructure and general outfitting.
The gearing house had to be lifted off it's foundation and moved over to one side to
The Saint's hull on the dry dock slowly being lowered into the water (fall 1987)
On June 15 1989, following speeches and the blessing of the vessel by Bishop Raymond Kalisz, Rebecca America Dow swung a bottle of champagne against the ship's capstan head and christened her the Lac du Saint Sacrement.
In May of 2015, the Saint Sacrement will begin her twenty-six consecutive year of service. There is no finer Adirondack experience than a Luncheon, Brunch or Dinner Cruise aboard the "Saint." You will be served excellent food in the most pleasant setting on the lake, all the while enjoying live entertainment, and narration about sites of interest along the way.