New canal boat to offer cruises on Fort Wayne rivers

Students, community will vote on boat's name

The interior of a canal boat that will provide cruises on Fort Wayne rivers in summer 2017 is shown.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Want to take a cruise along Fort Wayne’s rivers? This summer, you’ll be able to.

Local river promoter Friends of the Rivers on Thursday unveiled its new 54-foot, 1840s-style flat-bottom boat in a special ceremony at Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation. The boat will be used for guests to “experience the rivers and the potential they offer for development, recreation, and educational programming.”

The board of directors of Friends of the Rivers hosted a press conference at the Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation on Thursday, March 23.

The canal boat will feature seating for 40 guests and can accommodate guests with disabilities and small private groups. It is expected to be available for river cruises by early June.

Organizers will lean on the public to name the new boat. Students at select area schools will vote on five pre-selected names to determine their favorite three. Then, the community will vote on its favorite, which will be emblazoned on the stern of the boat.