Queen of the Lake III Restoration
In 1998 the Buckeye Lake Museum was founded. As with many non-profits, keeping the bills paid was always a constant battle. In 2006 however, the museum received a generous donation of a 46-foot pontoon boat the “Queen of The Lake II" which became the main source of revenue for the museum.
The Queen II had ferried more than 50,000 people around the lake until 2014.
Unfortunately in 2015, due to a dam repair project which lowered the water level in the lake to only a few feet, the Queen II had to be dry docked.
In October of 2015, the museum received a generous donation of an 88 foot true sternwheeler. With a substantial loan and lots of volunteer help the museum moved the sternwheeler from Zanesville to Buckeye Lake. Since it drafts only about 20” it will be the perfect boat for a shallow lake.
The museum is attempting to raise $60,000 to convert the sternwheeler to a dinner boat, recondition the interiors, refurbish the hull, and re-launch it as the “Queen of the Lake III” in Buckeye Lake.
As the director of the Buckeye Lake Museum I will be working directly on the conversion, and refurbishing of the Queen of the Lake III. With your help and the help of our museum volunteers we hope to put a museum boat back on the lake to continue ferrying visitors around the lake.
Hope.. is what we have here at Buckeye Lake Museum
that this dream can come true. Join our restoration team.
Looks like we are going to be able start some work on the restoration this spring.