Saturday, May 18, 2013

Aqua Azul en route to new home

The dinner cruise boat Aqua Azul arrived in the wee hours of this morning en route to its new home in New York.
Built in 2002 by Keith Marine Inc of Palatka FL as Sir Winston, it has operated from Chicago since 2005 doing dinner cruises on Lake Michigan.On May 19, 2005, carrying the name Kanan, it was upbound in the St.Lawrence Seaway, bound for Chicago. It is licensed for 400 passengers and 20 crew.
New owners from New York bought the ship this spring to replace a boat lost in Hurricane Sandy last year. The long trip from Chicago started in late April and has been taken in stages, tying up for various periods of high winds and bad weather.
Its last stop was in Port Hawksbury, May 16. See the Strait Area blog for a better photo.
New owners are listed as Star of America Charters LLC of Port Washington, NY. The Port of Halifax website shows the representative agent for the ship as Manhattan Steamboat LLC:

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