In 141 years, fewer then 20 individuals have served as Captain of the M/S Mount Washington. Today there are five official Captains, possessing more than 100 years of experience in the wheelhouse. Along with dozens of dedicated employees each season, they help preserve the proud tradition of nautical travel on Lake Winnipesaukee.
COO, CAPTAIN AND OWNER
Known as Captain Jim by residents and visitors alike, Jim Morash has been a fixture in the Lakes Region for well over 30 years. As a young boy growing up and spending his summers on Bear Island, he watched his brother and sister enjoy their summers working on the "Mount". His own career with the Flagship Company began in 1979 as a seasonal employee. He joined full time in 1982 and has held the positions of Deck Officer, Purser, Skipper, Pilot, and Marketing Director. In 2000, Jim was promoted to Captain and General Manager, and in 2006 he became part owner and Chief of Operations. Of all his years of service, Jim is most proud of his role during two of the M/S Mount Washington's most important additions; in 1982 he worked as a laborer to lengthen the ship by 24 feet, and in 2010 he managed the replacement and upgrade of the ship's engines. The company continues to be a family affair for Jim. His wife Carol works as the company's accountant and HR Director and 10 of his nephews and one niece have worked on the boats over the years.
"I've been very fortunate to have worked along side many of the men, who brought this ship to the lake back in 1940. All, sadly, have passed on. Hearing all the stories they had to tell taught me much of the "Mount" history and allows me to pass it on to the next generation."
Carol joined the Mount Washington family in May of 2007, after nearly 20 years of watching the ship cruise by the campus of Camp Lawrence on Bear Island, where she and her family volunteered their time in the spring and fall, helping to open and close the camp for the season. It was at Camp Lawrence in 2005 where she met her future husband, Jim, as he delivered mail to the camp on the Sophie C. The romance continued as Carol, a licensed commercial boat pilot, helped skipper the camp’s boat as part of the Mount Washington’s shuttle fleet during Bike Week. After accepting Jim’s proposal and marrying him at Camp Lawrence, Carol started the best chapter of her life doing a job she loves, in the place she loves along side her husband. In addition to her accounting and payroll duties, she also works as a ticket agent, occasional Sophie C. deckhand and most recently became a member of the company’s dive team. Carol loves to get “wheel time” on the Sophie whenever she can!
Director of Sales and Owner
Christopher was born and raised in Wayland Massachusetts. His love for Lake Winnipesaukee began when his family started vacationing in the NH Lakes Region in 1990. He spent his summer days charting the lake for Bizer Maps and his summer nights following in the Mounts wake with his 12' Boston Whaler. Chris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor's degree in Business Studies with a concentration in Finance, Economics and Accounting in 2008. In the summer of 2009 he joined the M.S. Mount Washington team and shortly after was promoted to Function Coordinator and eventually found his passion as Director of Sales.
As self appointed morale officer to the crew, Captain Smith's unique sense of humor and commitment to service has made him a passenger favorite. Paul has served his country as a former U.S. Army Sergeant from 1970-72 and is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. An employee since 1986, he has held many positions including deckhand, Deck Officer, Skipper and Pilot. Promoted to Captain in 1995, Paul is the Senior Captain of the Company and is an ordained Justice of the Peace, allowing him to perform weddings aboard the M/S Mount Washington. Dedicated to the stewardship of this venerable attraction, Paul's quick to point out that caring for a ship like the Mount Washington is a team effort and he certainly does his part as the ship's carpenter during the off season.
Bruce holds the distinction of longest serving employee, having recently celebrated his 45th year with the company. Since 1969, Bruce has held many positions, including deckhand, mail clerk aboard the M/V Sophie C., Purser, IT Director, Skipper, Pilot, Payroll Supervisor, Accountant and Ticket Office Manager. He was promoted to ship's Captain in 2001. An accomplished musician, Bruce plays the guitar, trombone and keyboards. He also teaches music privately and is a member of FAME (Friends Assisting Music Education) at Interlakes High School. His wife Elaine and two sons have worked for the company in seasons past.
Bob joined the Flagship Company in 1994 as the Skipper of the M/V Sophie C. Bob became a year-round employee in 1999, following a 30 year career as a Physics and Chemistry teacher. He has served as deckhand, Deck Officer, Purser, Engineer and Pilot, before being promoted to Captain in 2011. In addition, Bob is the company's Dive Master, Chief Electrician, and the voice of the M/S Mount Washington travelogue. His knowledge of the lake and its folklore is abundant and like many of his fellow crewmen, he has many experiences on the big lake as well. In his spare time, Bob referees high school hockey, soccer and lacrosse.
As a retire Deputy Chief of the Manchester, NH police department, Bob's love of boats and water prevailed in his retirement when he joined us in 2007. With his many years experience as a recreational rag sailor out in the north Atlantic, he was a perfect fit for us. Starting out as a Deck Officer and Small Boat Skipper, his skills were quickly noticed and it wasn't long before Bob was navigating the Mount Washington. In 2014 he was promoted to Captain and is presently our fifth Captain on the roster. Bob has taken over many other duties to include officiating weddings, training of small boat skippers and he is the safety officer for the company.
Recently retired, Rich is very proud of his twenty years of service to his country as a Chief Engineer in the Coast Guard. Rich joined the "Mount" crew in 2011 and brings his vast marine experience to the job he's coveted for many years. Right away his abilities were tested as he led the team that replaced the engines in the M/V Doris E in the fall of 2011. Rich loves the history of the company and looks forward to putting his mark on her future. Rich also eyes learning how to skipper the vessels and is learning the lake intimately by cruising in his own boat while in his spare time. Rich's son, Benjamin, works as a deckhand during the summer.
Head Chef & FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR
As a longtime seasonal resident of Moultonborough Neck and a NH native Kevin had a dream of opening a restaurant in the Lakes Region that brought together regional cuisine styles from around the country. Since graduating from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1986, Kevin Fisk has been employed as a chef in nearly every corner of the United States. The result of his 36-year adventure was Kevin's Cafe, which opened in Moultonborough in January of 2006. Chef Fisk began his professional career at Stouffer's Restaurants in Princeton, NJ. Then it was on to Marriott Hotels in Washington D.C. From there, Chef Fisk went to work in Arizona where he was regional chef for Landry's Seafood. Florida was next for Chef Fisk as an Executive Chef position at Charley's Crab in Fort Lauderdale. From there he returned to New England as a chef for Legal Seafood in Boston. We got wind of his reputation from some of his regulars and approached Chef Kevin for the job of a lifetime: Head Chef/Director of Food Operations of Mount Washington Cruises. Chef Kevin is very excited about the new challenge and bringing the food quality to the great level the Mount Washington customers expect. Chef Kevin continues to experiment and impress us with the most amazing spreads. Come on board and enjoy seafood, and American cuisine like you have never had it.
Gail E. Lauziere, Gift Shop Manager
Mount Washington Cruises
P.O. Box 5367
211 Lakeside Ave.
Weirs Beach, NH 03247