Burger begins work on new Chicago tour boat

The following is text of a news release from Burger Boat Co.:

(MANITOWOC, Wis.) — Burger Boat Co. has begun work on a new passenger vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. Chicago’s Emerald Lady, a 98-foot steel vessel, will serve 250 passengers and is designed by Mark Pudlo, principal at Seacraft Design in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

This will be the third passenger vessel Burger has built for Chicago's First Lady Cruises, following Chicago’s Classic Lady and Chicago’s Leading Lady. Chicago’s Emerald Lady will launch in the spring of 2020.

“We have built a great relationship with Burger over the years. Our companies share common values, making it easy to work together,” said Holly Agra, president of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. “With the addition of Chicago’s Emerald Lady, we’re able to expand our tour departure offerings for the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise, aboard Chicago’s First Lady, by up to 30 percent. Burger’s commitment to building a high-quality vessel goes hand in hand with our commitment to continually improving the cruise experience for our guests.”

“At Burger, we’re dedicated to bringing our customer’s vision to reality and creating an experience on the water,” said Jim Ruffolo, president and CEO, Burger Boat Co. “We love building for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, as they share our mission of building a memorable, unique experience.”

By Professional Mariner Staff