GREENVILLE – It was an historic day for the community, the Katahdin had a new engine installed.
The Katahdin, also known as ‘Kate,’ is a staple in the Greenville community.
“It’s a big moment for us. It’s kind of the start of a new era for the boat,” said Liz McKeil, Executive Director for the Katahdin Marine Museum.
Kate is the only steamboat of her kind left sailing around Moosehead Lake and she got a major upgrade Monday as crews installed a new engine.
“This is gonna be a real change in how things work for us old folks that have been on here for a long time,” said Rocky Rockwell, a captain and engineer on the Katahdin.
The reason for the replacement was a fire that destroyed the engines last summer.
“The guys were able to shut off the fuel to the engines and put out the fire very quickly,” said McKeil.
It’s still unclear what caused the fire. The engines were temporarily replaced, but the age of the engine made it difficult to find parts.
“This is the first engine replacement since 1952,” said McKeil.
The goal is to have everything set up so Kate can get back out on the water come this summer.
“July and August we’d sailed between five and six days a week and we average over a hundred people every day,” said Rockwell.
This is just the start of the capital campaign. Kate also has a new generator, she’ll undergo more renovations, including a new deck and electrical system. This will help to keep her around for the future generations to enjoy.
McKeil says over the course of the next five years, they hope to raise $2 million. Here’s where you can donate.