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the barbara-lee

Welcome to the Rivership Barbara-Lee. The only authentic sternwheeler sailing the St. Johns River. Measuring 105 feet from stem to stern, the ship was built in 1986 and was extensively refurbished prior to its inaugural St. Johns cruise in 2012.


Featuring ornate wrought iron railings and massive wooden paddle wheels, the five-story rivership accommodates up to 194 guests, making it ideally suited to host events of varying sizes. Plus, all enclosed decks are climate controlled with air conditioning and heating.

Grand Salon Deck

Seats 94 and features an elevated Main Stage, dance floor and well-stocked bar


Mezzanine Deck

Seats 40 and offers views of the paddlewheel and Main Stage


Lookout Deck

Seats 68 and features its own dance floor with a “lookout” through to the Main Stage.


Paddle wheel Deck

A covered open-air deck overlooking the wheels allows you to stay out of the sun while enjoying unobstructed views of the river and its wildlife.


Captain’s Deck

The topmost, open-air deck featuring benches and the captain’s steering cabin

Charter part or all of the ship for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, business meetings and special events.

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