October 19, 2009
Blount books excursion boat contract
Blount Boats, Inc., Warren, R.I., has signed a contract with Wendella Sightseeing Company, Inc., Chicago, to construct an 89 ft x 30 ft steel excursion vessel. This vessel will be a sister ship to the M/V Wendella (Hull 320) built by the Blount shipyard in 2007. The vessel was designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design and will operate in the Chicago area.
The 300 passenger vessel will be powered by twin screw C12 Caterpillar engines, 385 hp at 1,800 rpm with ZF gears. Delivery is scheduled for May 2010 via the Erie Canal in time for the 75th anniversary celebration of Wendella Sightseeing Company.
Wendella Sightseeing, Chicago’s original boat tour company has been operating since 1935. The family owned and operated company currently operates six boats in the Chicago area providing architectural and sightseeing tours, private charters and a passenger ferry system, the Chicago Water Taxi.