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Spirit of Jefferson

Take a trip back in time with a cruise on the Spirit of Jefferson, the younger next-door neighbor of the historic Belle of Louisville.

Built in Iowa in 1963 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company, the boat now known as the Spirit of Jefferson cruised out of New Orleans as the Mark Twain from 1963 to 1970. She made her way up the Mississippi River to St. Louis where she was renamed the Huck Finn, and then landed in Louisville in 1995. The boat took the name Spirit of Jefferson following a public contest.

Click here to see The Spirit of Jefferson's cruise and events schedules.

Like this story? Check out our Season Three History segment on Life Saving Station #10 (now known as the Andrew Broaddus), which is the wharfboat for the Belle of Louisville and The Spirit of Jefferson. Learn why this unique vessel is an important part of Coast Guard history.

Program 522
"Louisville Life" takes five on the porch of "Kentucky Homefront", glides along the Ohio with on the Spirit of Jefferson, helps celebrate 10 years of Lebowski Fest and more. (#522)