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Geneva brings military history to lake cruises all summer long

For most people, Lake Geneva Cruise Line staff included, Memorial Day weekend feels like the official kickoff to summer. Other than the traditions of outdoor weekend activities and family events, Memorial Day weekend is for remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. And while we take time this month to thank many of our riders and even some of our wonderful staff members who have served, we also have a ship in our fleet with military ties.

Geneva’s military history

Geneva, a fifty-foot motor launch was once a tender for the USS Saratoga. Commissioned in 1970 and decommissioned in 1994, Geneva has been completely restored to be used as a tour boat on Lake Geneva. While in service, the fifty-foot utility boat was known as a Liberty boat and was stored onboard, under the main flight deck. Her main purpose was to transport cargo and troops (up to 150 of them, including the four-man crew!) ashore when they couldn’t get into a port.

The USS Saratoga spent much of its time in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as serving during the Vietnam War.

Geneva’s military stats

  • Length: 50 feet, 2 ½ inches
  • Beam: 14 feet, 7 inches maximum
  • Draft: 3 feet, 7 3/8 inches loaded
  • Full load displacement: 48,390 pounds
  • Hoisting weight: 24,300 pounds
  • Hoisted by: Slings
  • Construction: Fiberglass reinforced plastic, round bottom
  • Speed: 11 knots at full load displacement
  • Fuel capacity: 170 gallons
  • Range: 150 nautical miles at full power and full load

Geneva on Lake Geneva

Geneva has been completely restored and is a wonderful way to experience boating on Lake Geneva. She now has a bar and restroom in addition to a streamlined canopy and clear side curtains in case of inclement weather. She can carry 50 passengers or accommodate table seating for 20. She’s a great boat to take out with some friends for a cruise across Lake Geneva or as a shuttle to your favorite watering hole on the lake!

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us!

We will have full days of tours over Memorial Day weekend to welcome in the summer season starting with tours at 10:30am and running through our last Sundowner Tour that leaves at 7:30pm on the Geneva.

And a reminder: We offer a military discount on all public tours every day during our tour season.