New Orleans Steamboat Company Announces Construction Of New Riverboat

NEW ORLEANS – Gordon Stevens, President & CEO of New Orleans Steamboat Company and Gray Line Tours announced the construction of a new Mississippi Riverboat for New Orleans.

         Stevens said the company has engaged the marine architectural firm of DeJong and Lebet of Jacksonville, FL, to begin designing the new boat.

         Stevens said the plans call for a vessel 160’ long and 36’ wide with three passenger decks, a dining room that can seat 200 passengers, a full service galley and bars. The new boat will have the traditional steamboat look with stacks, bow stages and shear and camber in the decks. It will be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 600 passengers.

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         Stevens said the new boat will complement the Steamboat NATCHEZ running harbor cruises, dinner cruises and private charters.

         The boat will berth at the lower end of the Riverfront Park (the old Lower Bienville Street Wharf) adjacent to the Steamboat NATCHEZ’ berth at the Toulouse Street Wharf. The company leases this berthing spot, on a long term basis, from the Port of New Orleans. 

         The new boat should be completed and sailing in New Orleans in late 2017. Bids will go out to shipyards in the near future.

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         Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Steamboat NATCHEZ first sailed in New Orleans in 1975. In addition to the NATCHEZ, the New Orleans Steamboat Company has owned and operated the Sternwheeler COTTON BLOSSOM, the Riverboats PRESIDENT, MARK TWAIN, BECKY THATCHER, M/V JOHN JAMES AUDUBON and the AUDUBON EXPRESS in New Orleans and the Sternwheeler P.A. DENNY at the 1984 World’s Fair.

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