Fort Wayne’s new canal boat was christened June 6 with the name “Sweet Breeze.”
The boat can seat up to 40 people and can be arranged for dinner cruises and parties, said Dan Wire, river advocate and the man who came up with the idea for the canal boat.
The boat is modeled from a canal boat housed at the Wabash and Erie Canal Museum in Delphi, Ohio, Wire said.
However, unlike its early counterparts from the 1800s, Sweet Breeze is powered by a 55-horsepower diesel engine and is equipped with stereo and Bluetooth speakers – all hidden away inside the walls of the boat.
The boat is also be wheelchair accessible thanks to funding from the AWS Foundation.
The $550,000 price tag for the boat was supported through fundraising by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.
To book a canal boat tour, visit the Fort Wayne Outfitters website.
For more, see ‘Canal boat is making a comeback‘, by Megan Knowles.