Moss Point Marine Delivers New Sternwheeler, Colonel

Moss Point Marine, Inc. of Escatawpa, Miss., recently delivered the 800-passenger, sternwheel excursion boat Colonel to her owner, the Colonel Museum, Inc. in Galveston, Texas. The 152-foot vessel is now providing historical and dinner cruises of the Galveston Bay harbor.

The Colonel can serve 500 for dinner, and is equipped with catering facilities, bars, bandstands, and dance floors. Her two main salons, the Galveston Room and the Texas Room, each seat 250 diners and can host separate parties. Large windows afford passengers unobstructed views while allowing more passengers to use them. She also has a large, open promenade deck at the upper level.

The new excursion vessel is operated by New Orleans Paddlewheels (Texas) Inc., whose parent firm operates the Creole Queen in New Orleans.

The Colonel has a beam of 40 feet and depth of 8 feet 6 inches. She is powered by two Caterpillar 3408 diesels, each developing 365 bhp at 1,800 rpm. They drive five-bladed, stainless steel propellers via Caterpillar 7221 reverse/reduction gears.

An EMI electro-hydraulic steering system, with control stations at three locations, guides the vessel; steering is enhanced by a 112-hp Propulsion Systems bow thruster.

Passenger comfort is maintained year-round by 56 tons of Carrier air conditioning and heating. Power for the air conditioning and other ship's services is provided by two Caterpillar 3306 diesels driving two Delco 135-kw generators.

The new sternwheeler is named after W.L. Moody Sr., a Confederate colonel during the Civil War, who founded several enterprises including banks and a cotton company in Galveston.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Sep 1985

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