Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground


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MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Mail Boat Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in the United States. Officials say it ran aground Friday in Lake Winnipesaukee. They say it scraped a rock near Loon Island and was stuck briefly but didn't suffer major damage.

WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/2bWsdmm ) reports three passengers were safely removed from the combination tour boat and U.S. Postal Service mail boat.

The Bureau of Marine Patrol has warned boaters of potentially low water levels in parts of the state as drought conditions persist.

The Sophie C. has been providing mail service since 1892 and visits five islands daily from June through mid-September. Passengers can fill out Sophie C. postcards and mail them onboard.

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