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Maid of the Mist

The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls. (The actual boats used are each named Maid of the Mist, followed by a different Roman numeral in each case.) The boat starts off at a calm part of the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge, and takes its passengers past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, then into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of the Horseshoe Falls. The tour is available starting from either the Canadian or U.S. side of the river, returning to the starting point in each case.

All passengers receive a blue Maid of the Mist poncho.

History

The first Maid of the Mist was launched in 1846 as a ferry service between the Canadian and American sides, pre-dating by two years the construction of the first suspension bridge at the site. However, with the opening of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge farther downriver in 1848, the ferry service lost business, and by 1854, became a tourist attraction instead with the launch of a more luxurious boat. The current captain of the Maid of the Mist is Captain Mark Keith of St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada.

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Welcome sign at Maid of the Mist
View of Niagara Falls from the Maid of the Mist
Tourists wear blue raincoats on the Maid of the Mist to protect somewhat from the misty waters.
History
Name: Maid of the Mist
Port of registry: Canada
Commissioned: 1846
Decommissioned: 1854
Fate: Scrapped?

Maid of the Mist I

  • Years of service: 1846-1854
  • Type: double-stack steamboat ferry
  • Engine: 1 sidewheel steam
History
Name: Maid of the Mist
Port of registry: Canada
Commissioned: 1854
Decommissioned: 1860
Fate: Scrapped?

A second Maid of the Mist I was built in 1854

  • Years of service: 1854-1860
  • Length: 72 ft
  • Type: single-stack steamer
  • Engine: paddle boat

but business began to dwindle a few years later and the ships were sold.

While on his 1860 tour of Canada, Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), rode on the Maid of the Mist.[1]

Financial difficulties and the impending American Civil War forced the boat to be sold to a Montreal firm in 1860, and formal service was not restored until 1895, when two new boats were constructed and launched under a new partnership, Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company.

History
Name: Maid of the Mist
Port of registry: Canada
Ordered: Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company
Commissioned: 1885
Decommissioned: 1955
Fate: Scrapped?

Maid of the Mist I, this one sailed closer to Horseshoe Falls than any had previously.

  • Years of service: 1885-1955
  • Type: steam boat
  • Engine: N/A

Maid of the Mist II

  • Years of service: 1892-1955
  • Type: white oak steam boat
  • Length: 89 ft
  • Engine: 2 engine steam

These boats sailed the lower river until April 22, 1955, when they burned in a pre-season accident. Later that year, they would be replaced by two new ships. The type and style of boat still seen today, were made of steel and powered by diesel engines.

Maid of the Mist I

  • Years of service: 1955-1990
  • Length: 66 ft
  • Engine: 200 hp diesel engines
  • Passengers: 101

Maid of the Mist II

  • Years of service: 1956-1983
  • Type: all-steel boat, twin of I
  • Engine: 200 hp diesel engines
  • Passengers: 101

The Maid of the Mist is well known for its role in the July 9, 1960, rescue of Roger Woodward, a seven-year old boy who became the first person to survive a plunge over the Horseshoe Falls with nothing but a life jacket. The boat involved in the rescue (known as Maid II) was retired from service in 1983 and relocated to the Amazon River, where it served as a missionary ship for years after.

Access to the river-level attraction on the United States side was provided by the Maid of the Mist Incline Railway, a funicular railway, between 1894 and 1991 to travel between street level and the boat dock. As this service proved increasingly inadequate in transporting the growing passenger base of the 1990s, four high-speed elevators replaced the railway by the start of the 1991 tourist season. On the Canadian side, the dock is reached by elevators enclosed in the gorge wall. The same year, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales, and their two sons, Princes William and Henry, rode on the Maid of the Mist.[2]

More ships have been added to the fleet.

Maid of the Mist III

  • Years of service: 1972-1997
  • Length: 65 ft
  • Weight: 65 tons
  • Engine: single 250 hp diesel
  • Passengers: 210

Maid of the Mist IV

  • Years of service: 1976-present
  • Length: 72 ft
  • Weight: 74 tons
  • Engine: two 250 hp diesel
  • Passengers: 300

Maid of the Mist V

  • Years of service: 1983-present
  • Length: 72 ft
  • Weight: 74 tons
  • Engine: two 355 hp diesel
  • Passengers: 300

Maid of the Mist VI

  • Years of service: 1990-present
  • Length: 80 ft
  • Weight: 145 tons
  • Engine: two 350 hp diesel
  • Passengers: 600

Maid of the Mist VII

  • Years of service: 1997-present; twin of VI
  • Length: 80 ft
  • Weight: 145 tons
  • Engine: two 350 hp diesel
  • Passengers: 600

The Little Maid

  • A small tug-like vessel found at the docks on the Canadian side

A partial history of the Maid of the Mist is featured in the IMAX film Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic.[3]

Distinguished passengers

See also

References

External links