Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A different kind of Raven makes its Baltimore debut. It’s a new ship offering spectacular tours of the Inner Harbor. Kai Jackson takes us on board the brand new vessel.
The owners say The Raven will provide visitors with a new option for exploring Baltimore and the surrounding harbor.
All hands were on deck at the Inner Harbor Wednesday as the mayor and others helped christen a new tour boat, a vessel called The Raven.
“Oh, it’s a beautiful ship. I love the classic lines but I was completely stunned at the looks inside,” said Rick Schiappacasse.
The Raven is 99 feet long, has two decks and can accommodate nearly 149 passengers.
Watermark, the company that owns the boat, says they’ll focus on a combination of public tours and private parties with an emphasis on Maryland history.
“This boat, you can have a family of four. Our kids’ prices are very low,” said Watermark President Debbie Gosselin.
The Raven doesn’t look like any other boat around the Inner Harbor. The owner says that was intentional. It was designed after a 19th century steam ship and the owner says passengers will get an authentic maritime experience.
“It’s showcasing the best of Baltimore and I’m excited that it’s here,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The Raven will also provide competition to other well-established vessels at the harbor.
“I love it. I think it’s a really beautiful ship. Again, I love the traditional lines of it but I also love that you know it really embodies everything that Baltimore is about,” said Blair Hanemayer.
“I have a birthday in November and it would be nice to have my party on the Raven,” said Mary Matthews.
The Raven will dock for business at the Light Street Pavillion near the Maryland Science Center.