Belle Of Washington Returns To Washington Waterfront

After nearly a month being dry docked by Hurricane Irene, the Belle of Washington was carefully brought back to water today.

The 85-foot dinner cruise boat was moored in Broad Creek during Hurricane Irene, but it broke free. When the water went down the boat was squarely stuck on top of a person's dock.

Workers secured the boat with lifts and then removed the dock beneath it. After a two hour process, the boat was finally back in the water before 1:00 p.m.

After a Coast Guard inspection the Belle was moved under its own power to its home at the Washington waterfront. Damage to the boat was minimal.


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The Belle of Washington dinner cruise boat is in position to be set back in the water, but crews will wait a few more days to do it.

Friday morning they removed the small pier that the 85-foot boat had been perched on after hurricane Irene blew through. The boat has been lowered a foot or so above the water, allowing the owners to get on board and inspect it this weekend. Those working on it still can't believe their eyes.

"This is a first. I dare say I probably won't live long enough to see this happen again. It's very unusual to have a boat get up on a pier like that. Even after we were removing the pier it was amazing how it balanced itself on those small pieces of pylon." said Tobin Tetterton with TJ's Marine Construction.

Tetterton says his crew has taken extra time to get it right. He expects the boat to be in the water Monday.


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  • by Patrick Location: Washington on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    I was very glad to see the Belle back in the water! I crewed it before the storm & when we put her back in the water & to the waterfront. I can tell you the captain is happy as well as the owner! Thanks for everybodys support & thanks for the great coverage from WITN!
  • by Linda Location: Washington,N.C. on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Thanks to Tobin and his crew the Belle is floating once again, thank you WITN for all of the updates on this unsual and fascinating story.Thank you family and friends and the crew of the Belle for your support.
  • by Thanks! on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Thanks WITN for keeping us updated on this fascinating story!
  • by D on Sep 26, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Fascinating! Can't wait to see the video!
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Sep 26, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    The Washington Belle just tied up at 3:45 at Stewarts Parkway.
  • by G on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:24 PM
    Isn't this the 3rd Monday in a row that the Belle is supposed to be back in the water? Just post a video of them actually doing it, and be done with this story.
  • by IreneSurvivor Location: Near on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:24 PM
    Enough about this boat!
    • reply
      by Kitty on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:52 AM in reply to IreneSurvivor
      If you think you have had enough, put yourself in the owners shoes.
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