Uncle Sam had two lives. She was powered by a steam engine from 1906-1944, and by a diesel engine from 1945-1961.

Total Number of Images: 49
Last updated on 12/29/2017

Vessel Statistics:
65' long
14' beam
7' draft
Top Speed:
Passenger Capacity: 100

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Uncle Sam is at the dock while the Sophie C departs Weirs Beach. The Mount Washington is seen far out in the bay.

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VERNON COTTON (l) and ED LAVALLE (r), Skipper and Owner of "Uncle Sam", in 1961
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Above, a special cancellation stamp aboard the Uncle Sam during Made in Laconia Week (Aug 30-Sep 6, 1948). The stamp states that "The Mail Boat 'Uncle Sam' is World's Oldest Floating Post Office on an Inland Lake".
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Below, Uncle Sam schedule, circa 1920s
Below, photos of the Uncle Sam at its Lakeport base, 1950s. Sign says: "U.S. Mail Boat • Daily Trips • Leaves Lakeport 8:00am - 1:00pm • Four Hours of Scenic Splendor • Available for Charter
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