American Queen Steamboat adds new ship to its fleet
The American Queen Steamboat Co. is adding to its fleet.
The Memphis-based company has purchased the Empress of the North from the U.S. Maritime Administration for an undisclosed amount, it revealed today. The company, which owns and operates the American Queen, will rename its new acquisition the American Empress. The American Queen Steamboat Co. will sail the American Empress from the home port of Portland, Ore. starting next April. American Empress measures 360 feet with five decks. It can host 223 guests in seven different types of staterooms.
Vandals cut mooring line to cruise ship in Port Townsend
Security has been increased for this week's fourth visit of the American Spirit in response to vandalism in which two mooring lines to the cruise ship were cut last week.
According to Port Townsend Police Capt. Don Johnson, two people approached the American Spirit at about 1:30 a.m. last Thursday, May 16, 2013. They attempted to come on board but were turned away. A few minutes later, crew members discovered that two of three mooring lines were severed. The lines were reattached, and police were called.
Police Department spokesman Officer Luke Bogues said that on the night following the initial incident, the crew reported that three additional mooring lines were cut, adding up to a total damage estimate of more than $1,000.
Police declined to provide any further descriptions of the man and woman involved in the first incident.
“This is an ongoing active investigation,” Police Chief Conner Daily said. “We are actively pursuing suspect leads and have several different suspects we are looking at, and we are trying to eliminate them,”
Of the suspects, Daily said, “The descriptions we have can fit many people in the community.” www.peninsuladail...