#247 Belle of Louisville


The Belle of Louisville, built in 1914, is the oldest operating "western rivers" steamboat.

It has the shallow-draft flat-bottom hull braced by hog-chain trusses, multiple fire-tube boilers, paddlewheel propulsion, and superstructure configuration that were characteristic of hundreds of steamboats that plied America's rivers during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Belle of Louisville

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Landmark Location

Fourth Street Wharf
Louisville, KY


Louisville Metro Government

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Visiting Info:

The Belle is available: for Charters, March-October; for Public, May-October.
For more, please visit:
Belle of Louisville & Spirit of Jefferson Cruises
401 W. River Road
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 574-2992
Fax: (502) 574-3030
Reservations: (502) 574-2992 or (866) 832-0011

Ceremony Notes

Ceremony took place in the evening of April 23, 2010, aboard the steamboat. John G. Stice, Chair, ASME Louisville Section, was Master of Ceremonies; J. Lawrence (Larry) Lee, Committee on History & Heritage's Immediate Past Chair, represented the committee and spoke about its Landmarks Program; Paul Torpey, ASME Past President, bestowed the title of Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, unveiled the plaque and presented it to Belle of Louisville's CEO, Linda Harris and Captain Mark Doty; Louisville Mayor's representative Ted Pullen pronounced April 23, 2010, as The Belle of Louisville Day; Congressional Representative John Yarmuth, and Waterfront Development President David Karem addressed the audience. Those present were treated to a wonderful dinner and a 2 hour cruise on the Ohio, during which, the Key Note Speaker, Professor Thomas L. Owen, discussed The Historic Contributions of the Belle of Louisville. There was a special presentation to captain Alan Bates for his contributions to the Belle. Closing statements by John G. Stice.

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