In 1817, the New York Stock Exchange was founded, construction on the Erie Canal began, and steamboats made their first appearance on Lake George. That year, the Lake George Steamboat Company was incorporated by the New York State Legislature to operate commercial shipping on Lake George. Over the years, it began carrying passengers, survived transportation consolidations and the Great Depression, and saw a number of different boats come and go.
Today, the three Lake George Steamboat Company vessels serve a variety of different purposes, but they are just as iconic and beloved now as they were back then.
- The Mohican, launched in 1908, has undergone two major renovations in her 100+ year history and is the third active passenger vessel to be placed on the national Register of Historic Places.
- The Minne Ha Ha, one of the last steam paddle wheelers in America, was built on Lake George in 1969 and underwent renovations in the late 1990s that lengthened her by 34 feet.
- The Lac du Saint Sacrement, completed in 1989, is the largest cruise ship on the inland waters of New York State.