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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
Potential bidders for a Mississippi-style riverboat that once offered dinner cruises on the Delaware River near Philadelphia are scheduled to arrive this week from up and down the East Coast for a dockside auction in Canton. The 140-foot Liberty Belle will go to auction Thursday with a starting bid of just $50,000, said Scott Frank, of Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., which is handling the sale. Frank said he won't speculate on how high the bidding might rise from there, but he expects "someone's going to get a great deal.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
A Mississippi-style riverboat tied up in Canton sold Thursday for a bid of $357,200 at an auction that drew attention from up and down the East Coast. The sale of the 140-foot Liberty Belle, which once offered dinner cruises on the Delaware River near Philadelphia before being dry docked in Baltimore for repairs, drew about 25 people and lasted about 15 minutes, said Scott Frank, of Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., which handled the sale. The paddle-wheeler was built in 1997 for $3.4 million, and can host as many as 400 passengers in its multiple dining rooms.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Gleaming white with twin black smokestacks and a 23-ton red paddle wheel at its stern, the Queen of the Mississippi is an apparition rising more than five stories above the Wicomico River. Before the month is out, the lines holding it dockside at Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. will be cast off and the Queen will churn down the coast on its way to New Orleans, a life on America's most famous river and a showdown with a bigger-name rival. American Cruise Lines, the Connecticut-based owner of the vessel, is betting that the 280-foot riverboat is exactly what the cruising public wants.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
Potential bidders for a Mississippi-style riverboat that once offered dinner cruises on the Delaware River near Philadelphia are scheduled to arrive this week from up and down the East Coast for a dockside auction in Canton. The 140-foot Liberty Belle will go to auction Thursday with a starting bid of just $50,000, said Scott Frank, of Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., which is handling the sale. Frank said he won't speculate on how high the bidding might rise from there, but he expects "someone's going to get a great deal.
TRAVEL
By Mercury News | September 30, 2007
I'm interested in handicapped-accessible riverboat cruises. I know of a few in the United States, but are there similar cruises in Europe? Handicapped-accessible cruises are not as common on European rivers, but we tracked down a few that might interest you. Before you book, call the company to discuss your physical limitations and ask if the cruise is appropriate for you. Eurorivercruises (euroriver cruises.com), based in New York, offers three cruises on ships with handicapped-accessible cabins.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
When the gangway to the Lantern Queen is down, the owners of the riverboat docked in Havre de Grace never know who might wander aboard. It could be a couple planning a wedding; a family organizing a reunion, birthday or anniversary celebration; or just a group looking for a party with food, drink, music and dancing against a slightly different background. It also might be a visitor who wants a look at a riverboat. The boat is a replica of those that plied the Mississippi. When it was launched in 1983, the Lantern Queen sailed the Missouri River.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1998
Rescue workers in Zimbabwe were searching yesterday for the body of a Maryland man whose riverboat capsized downstream of Victoria Falls during a whitewater rafting trip. HTC Tour operators and the U.S. State Department said he is presumed dead.John Mayer, 45, of Rockville has been missing since Feb. 11. A tour operator in Zimbabwe said Mayer had moved from Maryland to Hong Kong and was vacationing when the accident occurred.In addition to Mayer, six other passengers and a guide on the inflatable riverboat were tossed into the Zambezi River during an afternoon trip, said Jeremy Brooke, owner of Shearwater Tours in Harare, which organized the outing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Romano | April 8, 2004
Riverboat returns Take a different type of dinner cruise when the Black-Eyed Susan returns Monday. The riverboat has been expanded to 24 feet -- 149 people can now be seated at tables on the main deck. The Black-Eyed Susan is available for cruises seven days a week and holds weddings, proms, banquets, crab feasts, and also offers a casino package. The Black-Eyed Susan is docked near the Bo Brooks Crab House at the Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point in Canton. For more information, call 410-342-6960 or visit www.theblack-eyed susan.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
"Mostly $2 bettors" is how Riverboat-on-the-Potomac operator Tom Flanagan described the crowd yesterday when his Colonial Beach, Va., facility opened as Maryland's fourth off-track betting parlor.Flanagan estimated about 240 people showed up for what he termed the Riverboat's "successful maiden voyage" into pari-mutuel wagering."A lot of people coming in here didn't know how to make a bet, so we spent a lot of time educating them," Flanagan said. "There were no high rollers. We still did about $25,000 in thoroughbred bets, which I thought was excellent."
NEWS
April 26, 1991
If advocates had their way, Maryland soon would be an East Coast gambler's dream. There would be slot machines in every legion hall, riverboats outfitted with video poker and blackjack machines on the Chesapeake, "Love Boat" cruise liners with casino gambling docking in Baltimore and off-track betting parlors throughout the state. Our new slogan would be: Maryland -- Take a Chance!That's the sad state of affairs as government searches for new revenue to ease the pain of the present recession, and as other groups -- including organized crime -- seek to legalize gambling activities.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Gleaming white with twin black smokestacks and a 23-ton red paddle wheel at its stern, the Queen of the Mississippi is an apparition rising more than five stories above the Wicomico River. Before the month is out, the lines holding it dockside at Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. will be cast off and the Queen will churn down the coast on its way to New Orleans, a life on America's most famous river and a showdown with a bigger-name rival. American Cruise Lines, the Connecticut-based owner of the vessel, is betting that the 280-foot riverboat is exactly what the cruising public wants.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
When the gangway to the Lantern Queen is down, the owners of the riverboat docked in Havre de Grace never know who might wander aboard. It could be a couple planning a wedding; a family organizing a reunion, birthday or anniversary celebration; or just a group looking for a party with food, drink, music and dancing against a slightly different background. It also might be a visitor who wants a look at a riverboat. The boat is a replica of those that plied the Mississippi. When it was launched in 1983, the Lantern Queen sailed the Missouri River.
NEWS
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,special to the sun | October 21, 2007
The Lantern Queen has paddled a long way from Wisconsin to the Chesapeake Bay. The two-story paddle-wheeler was built in La Crosse in 1983 as a replica of a Mississippi riverboat. Over the next decade the boat traveled from South Dakota to Florida to Pennsylvania. Along the way, the Lantern Queen sank, was salvaged, restored and renamed. Now the 90-foot vessel is undergoing another incarnation. A Havre de Grace couple bought the Lantern Queen and have started a cruise business that they hope will help promote local history.
TRAVEL
By Mercury News | September 30, 2007
I'm interested in handicapped-accessible riverboat cruises. I know of a few in the United States, but are there similar cruises in Europe? Handicapped-accessible cruises are not as common on European rivers, but we tracked down a few that might interest you. Before you book, call the company to discuss your physical limitations and ask if the cruise is appropriate for you. Eurorivercruises (euroriver cruises.com), based in New York, offers three cruises on ships with handicapped-accessible cabins.
TRAVEL
By San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News | June 10, 2007
Do you have any suggestions for handicapped-accessible riverboat cruises on the Ohio or Mississippi rivers? Riverboat cruises are a great way to see the country's landscape, and passengers can enjoy a variety of onshore excursions plus many of the same amenities they'd find on larger cruise ships, such as live entertainment and fitness centers. Majestic America Line (www. majesticamerica.com), based in Seattle, has cruises that range from three to seven days on the American Queen. You can catch trips on the lower Mississippi in the spring before the ship moves to the upper Mississippi and the Ohio for the summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Romano | April 8, 2004
Riverboat returns Take a different type of dinner cruise when the Black-Eyed Susan returns Monday. The riverboat has been expanded to 24 feet -- 149 people can now be seated at tables on the main deck. The Black-Eyed Susan is available for cruises seven days a week and holds weddings, proms, banquets, crab feasts, and also offers a casino package. The Black-Eyed Susan is docked near the Bo Brooks Crab House at the Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point in Canton. For more information, call 410-342-6960 or visit www.theblack-eyed susan.
NEWS
By C. FRASER SMITH | December 11, 1994
They call riverboat gambling "the cruise to nowhere" because the passengers' destination is a roulette wheel or blackjack game or slot machine.Since most of the players lose, "nowhere" has another meaning, one that could have some significance for the many states, including Maryland, now considering legalization of casinos and floating gambling halls.With the state's well-honed appetite for gambling, hundreds of miles of shoreline, a handful of scenic rivers and the usual economic development needs, it was only a matter of time before the riverboat and casino interests landed here.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 12, 1992
LAUREL -- Representatives of racetrack owners and horsemen will be in Annapolis tomorrow to oppose cruise ship and riverboat gambling bills that have been introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery.One bill would permit gambling in Maryland waters, specifically on large cruise ships that now bypass the Baltimore harbor because gambling is not allowed.The other Hixson bill would permit riverboat gambling on any navigable Maryland stream under designated conditions.
NEWS
By KANSAS CITY STAR | January 10, 2000
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cathy, a 34-year-old saleswoman in Kansas City, had several platinum cards as proof of her good credit. Then she started gambling at area riverboats. She'd bet a few hundred dollars in cash. When she lost that, she'd get cash advances on her credit cards at the casinos' customer service counters. "It made me sick, but the more sick it made me, the more I would go back," she said. "They weren't going to beat me -- I was going to beat them. But they won." She gambled away an estimated $10,000 to $20,000 between 1996 and 1998.
NEWS
By COX NEWS SERVICE | January 9, 2000
NEW ORLEANS -- "Fast Eddie" has always been a fitting nickname for Edwin Edwards. The smooth-talking, lady-killing, four-term former governor of Louisiana, has walked -- no, strutted -- out of two federal racketeering trials a free man. Tomorrow in a federal court in Baton Rouge, he will go on trial again, this time with his son Stephen and four co-defendants. They are charged with extorting money from the state's casinos and tampering with the licensing process. Edwards faces 28 counts.
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