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THE GATEWAY FLEET STORY

symbol of s river the Gateway Fleet has from a boat, 100 operation to five boat, passenger fleet today. Sailing the Southern of the River at Station Square, Gateway Clipper sails all and offers wide variety dining, sightseeing, entertainment cruises.

clean, blue are framed lush foliage award-winning architecture make our one of most scenic the United However, for first half the 20th the three were not pretty sight. the Steel , was for producing of steel after year. Pittsburgh s industry played pivotal role the development the United it also a role polluting our The once rivers were filthy. Something to be to restore three rivers their natural

The 1950s new attention our polluted In 1955, E. Connelly appointed treasurer ALCOSAN. It the purpose this agency cleanse the rivers and them an part of

John Connelly a man vision. He the potential the rivers. rivers are lifeblood of the Mr. Connelly The three had finally their champion.

Connelly realized the three needed was excursion boat show off revitalized city and He enlisted nephew, Captain Goessling, to him search the perfect Captain Jack a boat Erie, Pennsylvania fishing boat the Bridget . Excited the prospect purchasing this in Erie, jumped in car with in such hurry that forgot to money or a check! Connelly and owner haggled the price the vessel. a stalemate negotiations, John suggested a toss to the price. Connelly lost. agreed to the asking gave the all the he had his pocket for a payment, and Erie a owner.

Now came true task a riverboat Lake Erie Pittsburgh. The from Erie take four of sailing night. Goessling the journey April, 1958, over 2,200 miles Lake Erie the Detroit across Lake Clair to Lake through the of Mackinak the Illinois then to mighty Mississippi, finally, the leg sailing to the River and all the up river the Port of on May 1958. On 17, 1958 Gateway Clipper from the Wharf with local YMCA aboard first chartered cruise on three rivers.

The Gateway was a from start. sailed for months that season and the three with over 25,000 It became as the s official boat.

In two more passenger boats added Gateway II and Good Ship . Through years more 20 boats been members the fleet only did fleet grow, so did popularity.

Today, Gateway Clipper is located Historic Station having moved in 1982. the leadership Terry Wirginis, Connelly s the Gateway Fleet is for the The reason have been successful is we keep adapting and cruises to up with needs of customers, said Gateway Clipper President.


Presently, the is comprised five boats has a capacity of passengers. In Wirginis and christened the boat ever sail with Fleet. This a 277 1,000 passenger designed by Wirginis, sailed Pensacola, Florida, it was to Pittsburgh a name. Name the contest was and the chosen out 27,000 entries a name known to Pittsburghers the . Joining flagship Majestic the 600 Empress , passenger Duchess Princess and passenger Countess the riverboats the Fleet back to the quaint riverboats that the rivers days gone

What started one boat the three offering sightseeing has turned a diversified offering dozens different types cruises. Employing full-time employees over 300 seasonal the Clipper sails all long offering that appeal the young old.

As far we know, Gateway Clipper is the inland riverboat in the today, says We are model for excursion boat Boat owners many other look to us guidance and

The Gateway Fleet has been an part of Pittsburgh Experience We have a key in many and county that showcase beautiful river Our riverboats and have celebrated the entire after our Pirates and World Championships, world leaders visited our and even with mascots the 1994 All-Star Games!

Gateway Clipper is the one non attraction in City of Over the 51 years, 25 million have sailed three rivers beyond on of the s riverboats.

What does future hold the Gateway Fleet? Our potential is limited by own creativity. think our is filled incredible promise potential , Wirginis.

There no records display.

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