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Gallery: Pat II makes ceremonial mail drop on Skaneateles Lake after nearly 30 years

Gallery: Pat II makes ceremonial mail drop on Skaneateles Lake after nearly 30 years

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum and Mid-Lakes Navigation set sail Wednesday morning on the Pat II as it carried mail along Skaneateles Lake for the first time in 30 years. The ceremonial mail drop was at Five Mile Point, on the lake’s east side. The Pat II, built in 1924, is a 39-foot launch that delivered mail along Skaneateles Lake from 1956 to 1991 — first for Stinson Boat Lines and later for Mid-Lakes Navigation, where it also served as a tour and dinner boat. In 2005, Bill Stinson found the Pat II abandoned in a barn and started a painstaking seven-year restoration at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. The Pat II is now one of the few all-electric passenger vehicles in the country and is once again a tour boat on Keuka Lake. It will be on display and providing free rides during this weekend's 43rd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show.

 

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