May 2014 – April 2015
Ghost Ships focused on the history of vessels that sank in Lake Tahoe. It featured boats ranging from a salvaged Washoe canoe to the internationally famous raceboat, Teaser. Using oral histories, underwater footage, and additional artifacts, Ghost Ships covered a broad spectrum of Lake Tahoe’s history and culture, while posing important questions about the future of those artifacts.
Teaser – 40’ 1924 Nevins Sweep-Stakes Runabout
Sunken Treasure – 14’ 1949 Baycraft Runabout
Shanghai – 25’ 1890s Steam Launch
16’ Early 1900s Pomin Rowboat
Tahoe Maritime Museum was proud to partner with Placer Arts and NCArts to host the juried art exhibit, Sunken Treasures. The goal of the exhibit was to showcase works that explored the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. The art exhibit coincided with TMM’s history exhibit, Ghost Ships and ran through April 19, 2015. Works submitted for Sunken Treasures needed to imply or connote a sunken vessel or artifact, but it did not need to be the main focus of the piece.
Award Recipient, Best in Show:
May 2013 – April 2014
Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression
Whether purchasing a ticket to the latest Shirley Temple movie or a seat on a motor boat, many Americans sought to survive the Great Depression through the culture of escapism. By attempting to leave behind the harsh conditions of their regular life, these people became customers that provided the stimulus necessary for many recreational areas and industries to fight their way through this challenging decade. Despite this aid, not every company with a strong footing at the beginning of the Great Depression would live to see its conclusion.
In Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression, Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.
Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display. Click here to listen to one of the recording featured in the exhibit. In this clip, Washoe Tribal Member Steven James talks about one the jobs he took on to help his family and community survive the hard times of the 1930s.
White Smoke – 30’ 1930 Sea Lyon Runabout
Phantasy III – 21’ 1932 Chris-Craft Barrel Back Runabout
Miss Tessa – 16’ 1930 Dodge Runabout
16’ 1938 Old Town Canoe
On Loan from California State Parks:
Mercury – 35′ 1926 Duralumin Racing Craft
View the Interactive iPad Displays Here:
May 2012-April 2013
Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze & Business
At the beginning of the 1920s, Lake Tahoe residents were entering into a time of incredible change. The end of WWI and the beginning of prohibition brought out a spirit of rebellion and innovation in people and industries across the nation. The maritime world used this energy to bring about a new period in boating: the era of the speedboat. Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe residents faced uncertainty as they sought to make tourism their main industry. The beauty of the lake, easing transportation sources, luxurious accommodation, and invigorating activities combined to make Lake Tahoe a first class destination.
In Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze & Business, the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the 1920s through the lens of its maritime vessels.
Miss Lakeside – 27’6″ 1925 Sea Sled
Marguerita – 24’ 1924 Fay & Bowen Junior Runabout
Florence M II – 26’ 1926 Stephens Brothers Runabout
Kerosene Kate – 1916 REO Speedwagon
May 2011-April 2012
Gar Wood’s Tahoe Legacy
Since the arrival of Lake Tahoe’s first Gar Wood in 1927, these boats have become part of the lake’s unique maritime history. The art deco features, powerful engines, and rich mahogany wood reflect the nation’s style and desire to enjoy their newly developed speed capabilities. Through displays of vintage advertisements, archival photographs, and three large motorboats, this exhibit tells the story of the development of Gar Wood’s company and its presence in Lake Tahoe.
3 Full size Gar Wood Motorboats
Tahoe Powerboat Club Racing Trophies