Katahdin Cruises and the Moosehead Marine Museum, a popular attraction for visitors, is centrally located in downtown Greenville. Before a ride on the Katahdin, or the “Kate” as she is locally known, stop into the museum for a look at the exquisite exhibits of the steamboat era and the Mount Kineo House.
One of the best ways to get out on the water and experience the vastness of the lake, a ride on the Kate is a Moosehead Lake must do. The Katahdin also hosts special function cruises and events. Regular cruises and special events tickets are available in advanced on their website. For more information visit the Katahdin Cruises page.
Since its inception, one of the museum’s main goals has been the restoration of the lake steamer, The Katahdin, or “Kate”. For many years, water traffic was the main mode of transportation in the region. Steamboats carried livestock, equipment, supplies, and passengers. The last survivor of the fleet, the Katahdin, is the oldest floating hull of Bath Iron Works, built in 1914. As automobile travel eliminated the need for steamboats, the Katahdin was re-purposed as a towboat hauling pulpwood rafts. In 1975, she pulled her last log boom across Moosehead Lake to the East Outlet. In 1977 Scott Paper Company sold the boat for $1 to the Moosehead Marine Museum and, after years of devoted work by many, in 1985 the Katahdin once again sailed over the deep waters of Moosehead Lake. Major repairs to the hull of the Katahdin were completed in 1994 and 2012. In addition, the museum wharf was rebuilt in 2010. After visiting the museum, you can hop on the Kate for an enjoyable, narrated ride up the lake! All donations and annual gifts to the Moosehead Marine Museum are greatly appreciated.