ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—An Annapolis icon turns 40.
Monique Griego was there as the Harbor Queen rang in four centuries of making memories and celebrating history.
That horn is only part of the legend surrounding the iconic lady of Annapolis.
“She’s seen a lot of people grow up and move, get married, proposals, everything. She’s seen a lot,” said Captain Mel, who has been the commanding the Harbor Queen for nearly 20 years.
This month the boat will mark 40 years of memory-filled excursions.
“She has just been a platform for so many people to enjoy the water and enjoy the experience of Annapolis,” said Debbie Gosselin.
Through her 40 years on the water, it’s estimated the Harbor Queen has given 2.6 million people a tour of the Annapolis waters.
Captain Mel has also had a few four-legged friends hop aboard but says for her “the best part is on the boat right now, the kids that we get to see everyday, every hour of every day.”
Like most days, the Queen is setting sail with a group of Maryland fourth-graders.
“They actually get to see it, and that’s a whole lot more exciting than reading about something in a book,” said Kristin Blundell, teacher.
She’ll glide them past the Naval Academy and other landmarks for a narrated history lesson.
“They’ll remember it forever. Anything that they experience firsthand they’ll remember more,” Blundell said.
Those memories are why the Harbor Queen hopes to stay afloat for years to come.
The Harbor Queen excursions run from mid-March through November. Groups or just people visiting the harbor are invited to ride.