Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boats Build Specially for Sightseeing

Vintage postcard - Stroller on Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, NY

Vintage postcard - Stroller on Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, NY (back with message)

Postmarked 23 Jully 1933
Watkins Glen, New York
Published by C. Pomeroy, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Printed b C.T. American Art Colored

Postcard Caption
FRONT: Boats built specially for sightseeing / For free parking turn right at P.R.R. Station, Foot of Main Street / Dock directly in front of station / One of the strollers on Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, N.Y., Capt Palmer's Line 
BACK: The Lake ride on Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen is particularly beautiful. The head of the lake lies between the foothills of the Alleghenies and the trip is one of great scenic beauty. Hector Falls, historic Painted rocks, sheer rocky cliffs rising from the lake, with the Indian Trail nearby, are all passed in panorama by the Strollers. These are 75 passenger sight-seeing boats which make about one hour trips leaving the dock across from the Penn. R. R. Station at short intervals during the summer season. For the evening trips, 1,000,000 candle power floodlights directed on the shore make the trip particularly attractive.

Postcard Message
Hello Delano:- / Emerson and I have been to Niagara and now are on our way home - Watkins Glen is beautiful wish you might see it all. / Best Wishes to all / Emerson and -ieda
Touring boats don't populate Seneca Lake as they did when this postcard was written, but you can still take a tour of the lake on Stroller VI (christened in 1934, one year after the postcard was sent) operated by Captain Bills.

I took this photograph of Seneca Lake, looking towards Watkins Glen, last month when we watched the cardboard boat races during the annual Waterfront Festival. The large hotel is very new, but you might notice a brick building on the right side of the picture that was likely in place back in the 1930s.

See all my photos from the Cardboard Boat Regatta on Flickr!

Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival Cardboard Boat Regatta 2014

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