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The Gateway Clipper Fleet founded by John E. Connelly is a PittsburghPennsylvania-based fleet of riverboats. The fleet cruises the three rivers of Pittsburgh- the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio. The fleet is named after the city of Pittsburgh, which in earlier times was known as the “Gateway to the West”  The original riverboat was the Gateway Clipper, which set sail in 1958. By the mid-1960s, the fleet was composed of three craft, the Gateway Clipper, the Party Liner, and the Good Ship Lollipop. Today there are five watercraft in the fleet: the 1,000-passenger Majestic; the 600-passenger Empress (formerly known as the Party Liner); the 400-passenger Princess (formerly known as the Keystone Belle); the 300-passengerDuchess (formerly known as the Liberty Belle); and the 150-passenger Countess (formerly known as the Good Ship Lollipop, previously known as theCity of Champions until 1982). The Party Liner is a barge that is pushed by a towboat named the Empress II (formerly known as the Gateway Liner).

The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers many types of cruises, from day trips for school groups to formal dinner cruises. Shuttle service to PNC Park and Heinz Field is available on days of Pittsburgh PiratesPittsburgh Steelers, and Pitt Panthers home games. The fleet is believed to be the largest inland riverboat fleet in the United States. The fleet formerly was moored at the Monongahela Wharf, but currently it is moored at Station Square.  Source of information:  Wikipedia.




  1. This must have been an impressive sight to see, Francine. Thank you letting us tag-along.

  2. I’ve been fascinated by the three rivers and now I’ve found out that National Geographic Traveller says that Pittsburgh is one of the best places in the world to experience!

  3. magnificent boats francine …maybe one day we can have a meeting of blogging friends in Pittsburgh!

  4. These boats have so much character. Lovely photos Francine.

  5. We had a ride on a Paddlewheel Steamer on the Mississippi in Minneapolis when we were there. Ther`re wonderful those Riverboats and yours at Pittsburgh also look great ,thanks for sharing Francine, there`s something special about being on the water.


  6. I love these old riverboats. I enjoyed reading yoru post 🙂

  7. Fascinating! The name Monongahela has an African sound to it! Google tells me it is not of course 🙂 Thanks for another informative post Francine.

  8. I would love to ride in such a spectacular boat. Thrilling indeed!

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