Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Gateway Clipper Fleet, founded by John E. Connelly, is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based fleet of riverboats. The fleet cruises the three rivers of Pittsburgh - the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio. The fleet is named after the city of Pittsburgh, which in earlier times was known as the "Gateway to the West". The original riverboat was Gateway Clipper, which set sail in 1958. By the mid-1960s, the fleet was composed of three craft, Gateway Clipper, Party Liner, and Good Ship Lollipop. In 1999 it added its fifth ship. In 2008 the Gateway Clipper Fleet celebrated its 50th year of sailing on the Three Rivers. In 2013, the fleet added its sixth ship, the all-steel classic paddle wheel Three Rivers Queen.
Today there are six ships in the fleet:
(length vs width in feet)
|Majestic||1,000||227 X 50||1987||n/a||fleet flagship, houses main kitchen for entire fleet|
|Empress||600||212 X 50||1966||Party Liner||a barge pushed by a towboat named the Empress II|
|Princess||400||120 X 35||1999||Keystone Belle||all-steel traditional paddlewheel with floor-to-ceiling windows|
|Three Rivers Queen||338||110 X 32||2013||Arkansas Queen||3-deck paddlewheel built in 1994|
|Duchess||310||125 X 35||1975||Liberty Bell||built in 1965, now carries most "Good Ship Lollipop" named cruises|
|Countess||150||55 X 14||1979||City of Champions
Good Ship Lollipop
|open air riverboat, fleet's fastest ship|
The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers many types of cruises, from sightseeing cruises and day trips for school groups to party and formal dinner cruises including wedding receptions. Shuttle service to PNC Park and Heinz Field is available on days of Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pitt Panthers home games.
The fleet is believed to be the largest inland riverboat fleet in the United States.
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