The Paul Ogle Riverfront Park returned to days of old on Monday night as the ‘Belle of Cincinnati’ docked at the park for the night.
The sternwheeler was on its way to Louisville to participate in the “Great Steamboat Race” yesterday (Wednesday) that is a part of the Kentucky Derby festivities. Terri Bernstein, one of the owners of the ‘Belle’, said that the sternwheeler is capable of carrying 1,000 passengers and was built in 1991. Her family purchased the ship in 1999. It is part of the BB Riverboat fleet based in Cincinnati.
The Belle of Cincinnati was carrying 200 passengers from Cincinnati to Louisville, and those passengers spent Monday night at Belterra Casino and Resort. Bernstein said that the ship will pick up more people once it arrives in Louisville who will be onboard for the Great Steamboat Race.
Members of Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue assisted the ship’s personnel late Monday night, as a valve issue on the craft caused the ship to lose its onboard fresh water. Jeff-Craig volunteers used their tanker to refill the 8,000 gallons of water necessary for the Belle to continue its trip.
The scene on Monday night drew many visitors to the riverfront, and harkened back to a time when riverboats moored along the riverbank were common place.