The Vanadis, one of the most valuable steam yachts on Lake George, owned by George O. Knapp, was destroyed by fire. The boat, built in 1897 by C.L. Bates of Lake George at a cost of $6,000 was of 60-foot beam and had been kept in perfect repair. It burned to the water's edge while tied to the dock at Shelving Rock. The fire started from the boiler.
The boat had made a trip the day before and had later been carefully inspected and put away by the captain and the engineer. During the night two employees of Mr. Knapp's awoke to the sound of escaping steam and they found the Vanadis enveloped in flames. The boat was insured for $3,200.