Traveling to Weirs Beach since my youth, it wasn’t until 2008 that I discovered a gem hidden inside a gem. Although the main allure for most is the famed Lake Winnipesaukee and the M/S Mount Washington. A large vessel with its open-air deck, sailing around while its passengers absorb in Lake Winnipesaukke’s beauty.
US Mailboat “Sophie C” docks at 3 Mile Island on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
However the true gem lies in the M/V United States Mail Boat Sophie C. She is the oldest floating post office in the United States. The Sophie C sets sail twice a day delivering mail to residents and vacationers inhabiting some of the lakes larger islands beginning on June 15th and ending on September 8th. The Sophie C makes two daily mail trips. On the morning run, the “C” stops at Loon Island, Bear Island, Three Mile Island and East Bear Island. In the afternoon the Sophie docks at Camp Lawrence, Birch Island, Sandy Island, Cow Island and Jolly Island.
US Postal employee Annie Nix delivers a package to one of the summering residents on 3 Mile Island. Image © Joe Geronimo
Travelers, postal junkies and the curious can climb aboard and witness first hand the mail runs affording themselves an up close and personal view of the lake, which is dotted with two hundred fifty three islands. You see the Sophie C not only delivers letters and packages but it delivers ice cream and smiles. A favorite amongst the many children vacationing on these islands who routinely display their excitement by performing flips, summer salts or just a friendly wave from the wooden piers as you depart for your next island adventure.
US Mailboat “Sophie C” approaches the Bear Island, New Hampshire Post Office on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Mailboat “Sophie C” seen from Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
Toot, Toot from the Sophie C!
We mailed a postcard to ourselves while on board the Sophie C. Notice the unique postmark. Image © Joe Geronimo
Vintage Linen Lake Winnipesaukee postcard from my collection.
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