The Indian Princess

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About

The Indian Princess is a modern day replica of the grand riverboats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th century. Cruising out of Webster, Massachusetts, she is one of the few authentic paddle wheel riverboats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions she was built with stern wheels that are her only means of propulsion. The Indian Princess has a split stern wheel and each is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors which turn the paddles. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddle wheelers in operation today that have a “freewheeling” paddle wheel at the stern of the boat for the visual effect, but have traditional screw type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion.

There are two decks aboard the Indian Princess that you can enjoy while on her cruises. The open air upper deck, that is partially covered by canopy, or the Princess dining room below that is climate controlled. In the Princess dining room you will also find a full bar, the galley, two heads, and a 42” flat screen TV. There’s no need to worry that you’ll miss the beautiful views from below, as the dining room is lined with large windows, as well as a window behind the bar allowing you to see the red paddle wheels working their magic. The Indian Princess has been inspected by the U.S Coast Guard and her official capacity is 125 people.

The Indian Princess offers in addition to weekend cruises, the option of reserving it for private occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate parties, proms, memorials, holiday parties and much, much more. You can rent just the boat with crew or work hand-in-hand with the event coordinator, who can help with planning every aspect of the occasion. The boat can be privately booked for any day and can be rented for up to 5 hours at a time. There is a 2 hour minimum.

The Indian Princess is docked at 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA at Indian Ranch.

History

The Indian Princes was built in 2000 by Skipperliner Industries in Lacrosse, WI, and originally ran under the name Lacrosse Queen V. For five years Skipperliner used the boat as a display and then as one of their daily cruise boats that went down the Mississippi River.

In 2005, Watts Bar Riverboat Company, out of Kingston, Tennessee, purchased the LaCrosse Queen V paddlewheeler and renamed her Watts Bar Belle. She ran on the Watts Bar Lake until December of 2008; when the horrible toxic coal ash spill from the Kingston Fossil Plant sent one billion gallons of toxic materials into the Watts Bar Lake and surrounding waters. This spill brought the riverboat business to a standstill and the Watts Bar Riverboat Company would and could not even start the engines of the boat, as water from the lake was used to cool its engines and a generator. The riverboat was safely moved to Lenoir City, TN in 2009. However the company was unable to generate the following it had in Kingston and put the Watts Bar Belle up for sale in 2011.

It was in 2011 that the Watts Bar Belle riverboat was purchased by a family operated business and renamed her the Indian Princess. The Indian Princess was docked in Fort Myers Beach on April of 2012. She left for her journey to Webster, Ma in April of 2013. She now has tours of Webster Lake that leave from Indian Ranch at 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA.

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