Service Marine Christens 600-Passenger Paddlewheeler For Heritage Cruise Lines

—Free Literature O f f e r e d— Service Marine Industries, Amelia, La., recently christened a 600- passenger dinner/cruise boat for operator Heritage Cruise Lines, Richmond, Va.

The M/V Annabel Lee, which will cruise on the James River out of Richmond, Va., is 108 feet long, has a beam of 34 feet, draft of 3 feet 9 inches and hull depth of 7 feet. She is powered by a pair of rebuilt GM8V-92 diesel engines rated at 310 hp each at 1,800 rpm furnished by Johnson's Diesel Service. Electrical power is provided by two 99-kw KATO generators driven by rebuilt GM6-71 diesel engines.

The cruise boat features two enclosed decks and an open top deck.

She is fully air conditioned by four 10-ton Carrier air-cooled units, with 15-kw heating each, furnished by Johnston Brothers Enterprises, Inc.

The Annabel Lee is carpeted and will feature live bands, dancing and full bar service, as well as be able to seat over 400 passengers for dinner.

Two Aiphone systems will be interconnected for controlling music levels on each deck. The systems were supplied by Frank Beier Radio.

Power Panels provided the splitbus switchboard and Southern Glass furnished the rubber- mounted, tinted safety glass that surrounds the two enclosed dinning/ dance floors on the cruise boat.

Tom Hensley, owner and president of Service Marine Industries, Inc., called the Annabel Lee "a 90- day miracle," since that's how long the vessel took to construct.

The boat is certified by the U.S.

Coast Guard under Subchapter T rules for carrying over 150 passengers for service on lakes, bays and sounds, and partially protected waters.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Jun 1988

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