08 Jul Speed Back in Time on Historic Miss Meredith!
Lake Winnipesaukee is rich with history and tradition, especially when it comes to boats. As long as there have been people at the Lake, there have been canoes, sailboats, speedboats, ferries, and cruise ships! The annual Antique Boat Show that takes place in Alton Bay is one of the most well attended summertime events in the Lakes Region, demonstrating that folks really treasure the timeless adventures that boats can offer. In that spirit, EKAL Activity Center is now offering antique speedboat rides with the newest addition to their fleet, Miss Meredith.
Miss Meredith is a 28-foot, 1931 antique Chris Craft runabout with a triple cockpit. She made her debut on Memorial Day Weekend with much success, as she has been very busy since then! EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls now offers daily speedboat tours on Miss Meredith, with a 45-minute cruise that goes out to Spindle Point Lighthouse and Weirs Beach, then back again.
“We wanted to offer something with a historic feel,” explains Scott Crowder, Director of EKAL, “and we wanted to recreate the tradition of speedboat rides on Lake Winnipesaukee.“
This boat was actually found close to home, in Wolfeboro, NH. According to Scott, she was previously owned by Chinese political leader Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Soong Mei-ling, who spent time in Meredith as a young girl and fell in love with the lake. She later kept a residence in Wolfeboro, where she vacationed in the summer, and this was her boat.
Miss Meredith is identical to the speedboats that comprised a fleet of tour boats based in Weirs Beach from 1930–1972. Those boats were called “Miss Winnipesaukee” and were offered for 20-minute speedboat tours every day during the summer season. At the peak of their popularity in the late 1940s, there was a fleet of five of the speedboats, circa 1930 vintage, 26′ or 28′ triple-cockpit Chris Craft runabouts that seated nine.
“We are replicating this age-old thrill with Miss Meredith,” says Scott. “She has been very popular so far this summer. People have been impressed, and very happy. It’s a unique ride and a nice way to experience Lake Winnipesaukee.”
In addition to the 45-minute hourly cruises, Miss Meredith can be chartered for a private cruise, which is especially nice for sunset. She was also recently chartered by a bride & groom for their wedding. They boarded at the Inn at Bay Point after their ceremony, went for a nice cruise, and then came back to Church Landing for the reception.
Miss Meredith rides leave daily on the hour from EKAL’s dock in Meredith, unless she is on a private charter. Boat rides are $25 per adult, $20 for teens, and $10 per child (12 years and under). For more information or to reserve a spot on this beautiful boat, please visit www.ekalactivitycenter.com or call 603-677-8646.
For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.
The Mill Falls Blogging Team