The Lady of the Lake and Historic Tourism in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Stephanie Laura Poole

           This thesis documents the study of the wreck of the Lady of the Lake , a side-wheel paddle steamboat located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. This vessel was constructed in 1848 for the purpose of transporting people and goods between the towns around Lake Winnipesaukee. A thorough non-invasive survey of the wreck site resulted in the documentation of a previously undocumented wreck and a site plan detailing the vessel's current condition. Historical documentation was examined and research was done to reconstruct the life and operation of the vessel and to situate the Lady of the Lake in the broader landscape of New Hampshire. The growth of the tourism industry in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is the main focus detailing how the Lady of the Lake played a role in the 19th century transportation and tourism industries of New Hampshire.

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