New Life for an Old Ship
Eventually, a vessel was found on Lake Champlain in Vermont. Built in 1888, the Chateaguay was 203 feet long and constructed of iron. A victim to newer modes of transportation, her owners were looking to sell. The parties agreed on a purchase price of $20,000, and in April of 1940, less than four months after the fire, Captain Lavallee has his ship. However, the real work had yet to come.
In the following months, a hired crew from Boston General Ship & Engine Works dismantled the Chateaguay hull, cut it into twenty sections and shipped it by flatbed railroad car from Shelburne, Vermont to Lakeport, New Hampshire. They then carefully reassembled the pieces, constructed a new steel super structure and outfitted the ship with two 750 hp, steam engines, boilers included. The S.S. Mount Washington II was launched August 12, 1940 with a length of 205 feet, a beam of 32 feet and a draft of 7 feet.