Classic Ships & A Luxury Cruise

The classic ships of Tahoe make a fascinating trip back in time. Lake Tahoe has been a popular fishing and boating destination for the rich and famous since the late 1800's. It houses some of the oldest and most exquisite boats and classic ships of North America. A tour of these one-of-a-kind boats around your Tahoe condo or hotel, rounded off with a night cruise aboard a luxury boat can make for a memorable experience on your holiday here.

Classic Ships of Lake Tahoe

This tour will not only introduce you to these old time ships but also take you around many landmarks and historic sites. From the 1890's launch Shanghai, the museums ride boat Miss Tahoe and many other exhibits at the Tahoe Maritime Museum which has a huge collection of boats, photographs and memorabilia about Lake Tahoe's maritime history to the magnificent Thunderbird at the historic Thunderbird Lodge.

Meet the Tahoe of Tahoe!

The SS Tahoe steamer built in 1894 was the largest of the four ships carrying people, mail and supplies on the lake for many decades. The ship was a 200-seater, sported a teak and mahogany trimmed deckhouse with amenities like hot and cold water in lavatories, electric lights, bells and steam heat! You can see a model of the ship at the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

It was kept docked at Tahoe City for many years and was then intentionally sunk a mile out from Glenbrook Bay when the business for steamers declined once the roads were built in 1935. It has been in the news lately with many dive expeditions trying to explore the historical wreck. Thanks to them you get to see this ship for yourself in the video of the S.S. Tahoe New Millennium Dive Expeditions.

Other Classic Boats

On your tour of the Thunderbird Lodge you may get to see the 55' long, mahogany hulled ship with gasoline powered dual aircraft engines. This classic John Hacker design with a cabin that resembles the fuselage of a DC-3 was built for the legendary George Whittell, Jr in 1940. It was then owned by casino founder William F. Harrah and is now part of the estate.

Capitalist and sportsman R. Stanley Dollar introduced 1926 President's Cup winner, the 35' Cigarette IV in 1937 for the annual regatta competition, rechristened as Mercury. The boat faired 2nd on debut and 1st next year! He also acquired other trend setting boats such as the Skip-A-Long and Slo-Mo-Shun and won numerous races. After World War II, Mercury was renovated and served as the camera boat in the filming of A Place In The Sun. You can visit this double-ender at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

A Luxury Cruise of Lake Tahoe

After your day of touring you can take a luxury dinner and dance cruise aboard a classic boat for yourself. The M.S. Dixie II is a large sophisticated cruise vessel which replaced M.S. Dixie, Tahoe's first paddlewheeler in 1949. The M.S. Dixie II departs from Zephyr Cove and also hosts a popular breakfast cruise as well as sightseeing cruises for tourists.

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