these pictures were taken before the
Mount was lengthened by 24 feet in 1982.
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"...this happened as the Mount was
coming in to Center Harbor on July 16, 1980. My father and I had gone down
to the boat house with my two small sons to "watch the Mount come in", which
was one of the high points in the boys' day. We watched her slow down,
apparently go into reverse, and back across the lake (actually, the wind was
probably taking her). If my memory serves me correctly, the Mount lost her
hydraulic system, and could neither steer nor shift. Apparently, she
couldn't drop anchor, either."
"...we all stood there watching her in amazement as she came at us,
asking each other "What the Heck is she doing?" She ran aground about 100
yards away after backing down the channel leading into some poor person's
boat house. The point of impact was about a quarter mile up First Neck. It
was also, as you can see, the dock, wall, and roof of the boat house! I
don't believe that any of the passengers was seriously injured in the
"As I recall, they used the Sophie C and the Doris E to pull her off, then
took her out of the water using the marine railway next to the docks in
Center Harbor. It took quite a long time to get her free."
Fred DeVries for
these pictures and comments.