Henrietta III sold, leaving Wilmington waterfront

Henrietta III sold, leaving Wilmington waterfront

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Henrietta III has been sold and will be departing downtown Wilmington no later than March 1, Cape Fear Riverboats announced Wednesday.

The boat has been sold to Pleasure Boat Cruises in Fort Myers, FL.

Captain Carl Marshburn said in a press release that he plans to replace the Henrietta with a smaller riverboat for private charters, sightseeing and nature cruises.

"My goal has always been to create a quality attraction for Wilmington and that our citizens would adopt the Henrietta as their boat," Marshburn said. "And I'm proud to say that we did. And now, we look forward to bringing a new vessel to the Cape Fear River."

The Henrietta took her last cruise on the Cape Fear River on New Year's Eve.

Marshburn first brought the Henrietta II to the Wilmington riverfront in 1988 before she was replaced with a larger boat, the Henrietta III, in 2000.

Cape Fear Riverboats' other two boats, the Captain J.N. Maffitt and John Knox, will continue to operate from their Water Street dock.

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