Sunday, December 28, 2014

Steamer Montauk

Ron Zeil, The Long Island Railroad in Early Photographs, Dover Publications, 1990
In the second half of the 19th Century the coastal villages of Long island were well served by steamboats lines. The Montauk Steamboat Company bought the nearly new Queen Caroline in 1895 and renamed her Montauk. In 1898 The Long Island Railway, feeling the competition from steamboats, bought the company and according to the above-referenced book, the LIRR ran this steamer into the teens before selling her.  The Great Lakes Maritimes database records that, by 1902, she was running between Cleveland and Sault Ste Marie and that she spent the rest of her days on the Great Lakes. She apparently ended her life as a dredging barge and was scrapped in 1972.

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