WOLFEBORO — The second in the New Hampshire Boat Museum's summer lecture series will be held Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
The program entitled "The U.S. Mail Boat Tonimar: A Route Tour and What the Shoreline is Today" will be presented by Alton Bay resident Paul Richardson. Following the lecture there will be light refreshments including iced coffee from Seven Suns Coffee and Tea in Wolfeboro. There is no charge to attend the lecture.
As a teenager in the 1950's, Richardson worked on board the Tonimar and so has a unique perspective to share about this mail boat's history. The Tonimar was brought to Lake Winnipesaukee in 1941 by Captain Lawrence Beck. The boat delivered mail from Alton Bay to Melvin Village and also carried passengers until 1966.
The Tonimar carried about 35,000 pieces of mail during the three months' summer season. The boat was a floating post office. Mail going to the numerous camps, islands, and remote mainland stops was sorted into pigeonholes on board and outgoing mail from these stops was hand-cancelled aboard. Stamps were also sold.
During Richardson's presentation, he will show rare never-before-seen c. 1950 film footage taken from the boat as it made its way along the various stops. He will then show photos of what the stops look like today.
To learn more about the lecture visit the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org or call the Museum at 569-4554.
Vintage image of the U.S. Mail Boat Tonimar. (Courtesy photo)