Niagara Gazette

Local News

November 12, 2013

First Hornblower boat finished, ready to set sail

Niagara Gazette — Members of the Hornblower Niagara Cruises team gathered together in Wheatley, Ont., to witness the completion of their first catamaran boat. The two brand-new 700-passenger state-of-the-art catamarans will soon make their way to Niagara Falls, where they will carry-on the legacy of Canada’s most iconic visitor experience — they legendary boat tour to the base of the mighty Horseshow Falls.

Soon after the February 2012 announcement by The Niagara Parks Commission, Hornblower engaged Canadian owned ship-builder, Hike Metal located in Wheatley, Ont., to take on the enormous feat of building the catamarans. Hike Metal rose to the challenge, applying their years of experience and expertise to meet Hornblower’s requirements. The new catamarans feature raised viewing platforms on the upper deck for enhanced unobstructed falls viewing, broad open decks, sliding enclosure walls for dry observation areas, on-board washrooms and licensed concession for Hornblower’s all new evening and nighttime cruises.

The catamarans sit larger than life stretching 26 meters long and 10 meters wide, weighing 110 tonnes each. Later this month, the complete catamarans will be disassembled into sections to prepare for their January transportation to Niagara Falls, where they will be reassembled, tested and sea trialed in the base of the Niagara Gorge. 

Hornblower Niagara Cruises will be launching a world-wide contest to name the two catamarans beginning this Friday. Hornblower is inviting everyone to be a part of history and submit their favorite boat name via the Hornblower Niagara Cruises Facebook page, 

The winning submissions will receive a five-day all-expense paid luxury trip to Niagara Falls, Ont. And of course become a part of history, by naming Canada’s most iconic visitor attraction experience – the legendary boats that tour the mighty Niagara Falls.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results