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Public Auction Sale

400 +/- Passenger Riverboat/Dinner Cruise Vessel **OPENING BID $50,000**

Docked at 1800 S. Clinton St., Baltimore MD 21224 (At The Marine Max Marina)

Location: To be held at 1800 S. Clinton St., Baltimore MD 21224 (At The Marine Max Marina)

$50,000 Opening Bid! 

Open to be viewed at Sunday August 18th 1-3pm & Saturday August 24th 1-3pm

The 400+/- passenger LIBERTY BELLE operated as a Dinner/Cruise Vessel in Philadelphia. The 140'x40' vessel was designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, and the vessel was built on site in Philadelphia by On-Site Marine Construction in 1997.

The vessel's Main Deck dining room features an aft Mezzanine dining area. This allows the full service galley to fit below the Mezzanine, for a full-length Main Deck dining room. Innovative tonnage design allowed the below decks to be used for galley, engine room, storeroom and heads as well as tankage.

The vessel features two (2) additional dining rooms on the Boiler Deck and Hurricane deck. When in use, the vessel accommodated 400+/- diners. All decks are served by a dumbwaiter to the galley. There is also a large exterior deck area on the Hurricane Deck for enjoying the scenery. The large Pilot House sits atop the Texas Roof for excellent visibility. The 20 ft. diameter paddlewheel is decorative.


Style Paddlewheel
Builder On Site Marine
Hull Displacement
USCG Official Number 1051749
Passenger Capacity 400
Gross Tonnage 95
Net Tonnage 64
Speed (approx.) Cruising: 6 mph @ 1100 RPMMax: 9 mph @ 1800 RPM
Built 1997
LOA 145’
LWL 115.2’
Beam 37’
Hull Depth 10.5’
Freeboard 3’
Draft 6’
Route Certification Rivers
Hull Material Steel
Deckhouse Material Steel
Tank Capacities Fuel: 5,000 gallons, Waste: 5,000 gallons, Water: 5,000 gallons


  • Morse throttle/clutch controls
  • Hydraulic steering
  • 16” brass fog bell
  • Upholstered helm seat
  • Chart table
  • Custom Hydraulics rudder indicator
  • Two Sea Guest searchlights with directional control
  • Two Uniden handheld VHF/FM marine radios
  • Apelco model Solero VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • Furuno model R10XX (24 mile) radar
  • Bilge alarm system
  • West Marine depth sounder
  • Sharp Gemini public address system
  • 15 Sharp flat screen television sets

Salon (Main Deck)

Salon (01 Deck)

Salon (02 Deck)

Galley (Miscellaneous Equipment)

Beverage Bar (Main Deck – Forward)

Beverage Bar (Main Deck – Aft)

Beverage Bar (01 Deck)

Beverage Bar (02 Deck)


  • Two 200 kW Marathon model 432RSL4641 generators powered by Detroit Diesel model 8V71N
  • Engine hours: port: 6,494, Starboard: 7,279 – September 2010
  • Ship to shore power switch
  • 200 amp, 480 VAC three phase electrical service
  • Two 12 VDC 8D batteries wired in series are proved for each propulsion and generator engines
  • Internationally approved navigation lights (i.e. port light, starboard light, stern light, masthead light, anchor light)

Hull, Superstructure and Decks

  • 1/4” welded steel plate hull with transverse framing
  • Boarding doors: port and starboard with one service entry aft on starboard
  • Deck fittings:
    • Electrical: port
    • Waste: port
    • Water: port
    • Fuel: port

Mechanical Equipment and Engine Details

  • Two 8 cylinder 305 HP @ 1800 RPM Detroit Diesel model 8V71N model 7082-7000 marine engines with fuel filters
  • Engine hours: port 3,833 hours, Starboard 3,852 hours – September 2010
  • Twin Disc Model 509 reverse reduction gears (4.5.1)
  • 3 1/2” stainless steel shafts
  • Dry exhaust
  • 20 gallon air compressor
  • A.O. Smith 200 gallon water heater
  • One 20’ diameter x 25’ wide paddlewheel
  • Lloyd Controls main switch panel.
  • Schottel model S103L 150 hp 500 VDC electric hydraulic drive bow thruster with a 24” propeller and an AC/DC inverter
  • Two brass propellers, 36” five blade
  • Carrier 90 ton recirculating water/glycol chillers with 12 air handlers
  • 10 hp pump for waste tank discharge


The vessel is equipped with seven heads each contains the following

  • Male and female on each level, ADA head on the main deck
  • Toilet paper dispenser
  • Hand towel
  • Exhaust fan

Safety Equipment On Board


  • Bottom: paint
  • Exterior decks: non-skid coating
  • Interior decks:
    • Salon: carpet
    • Heads: ceramic tile
    • Galley: diamond plate
    • Wheelhouse: diamond plate
    • Bar: steel decking
  • Bulkheads
    • Heads: paint & wallpaper; tin ceiling
    • Galley: stainless steel & paint
    • Salon: acoustical
    • Headliner: wood
  • Interior bulkheads: steel/wood

Summary terms of sale: 10% Buyers Premium Added To The Hammer Price. The hammer price and buyers premium are treated as the total purchase price and may be subject to Maryland State sales tax.  A deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or certified check for $25,000 is due at the time and place of sale. The difference to bring the deposit up to 10% is due August 30th, 2013 by 4:00 PM in the auctioneer's office. Settlement is on or before Monday September 30th 2013. If payment of the additional deposit or the balance of the purchase price is not made within the specified periods, the deposit will be forfeited and retained by the seller as Liquidated Damages. The vessel may be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser.  All expenses are to be adjusted to date of settlement and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. The vessel will be sold with all existing agreements and or restrictions if any.  Time is of the essence of this contract. The vessel will be sold in "As is" condition without express or implied warranty as to the nature and description of the improvements.

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Scott Frank Auction Agent
The information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed reliable, but is offered for informational purposes only. The Auctioneer, the Sellers, and their respective agents and representatives do not make any representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Prospective purchasers are urged to make their own inspection.