January 2019 Newsletter: 2019 is Finally Here!
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20% Off Your 2019 Private Charter
Happy New Year to all our extended Diamond Jack’s family. We continue to wait winter out in anticipation for the upcoming Sightseeing Tours season.
Although our Stocking Stuff Special has ended you can still save big in 2019! When you book and pay for your Private Charter by 3/1 get 20% off the boat charter price. This offer is available for all three of our River Boats: The Diamond Jack, the Diamond Queen and the Diamond Belle. The bigger riverboat you book, the bigger your savings.
When you want the perfect place for your corporate meetings, private dinner parties, weddings, birthdays, family reunions there is no better place to book than on our private charters. So book with us now! Our Detroit office is available to take your calls Monday through Friday 9AM-4PM at (313) 843-9376.
Get your party started the right way by starting your reservation. We look forward to hosting your private event this Summer on the Detroit River.
Sightseeing Tours 2019 Schedule
Want to get a preview of what you’re going to see on the tour?
Check out this detailed list below of major sites on your tour of the Detroit River.
The 1:00 PM Wyandotte Dock tour will sail past many industrial sites, big ships headed for large bodied waters (Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean) as well as:
- Wyandotte Waterfront
- Mud Island
- Zug Island
- Nicholson Terminal & Dock
- Morterm Terminal & Dock
- Detroit Fireboat
- Post Office Boat
- Historic Fort Wayne
- Ambassador Bridge
- Ojibway Salt Dock
- Grassy Island
- Dieppe Park
- Aggregate Docks
- ADM Elevators
- USS Ecorse
- Fighting Island
The 3:30 PM Wyandotte Dock tour is our Bob-lo Tour where you’ll see the remains of the Bob-lo Amusement Park, an array of private waterfront properties along with:
- Bob-Lo Amusement Park Pavilion Building
- Bob-Lo Island Marina Resort Community
- Livingston Shipping Channel and Light
- James Vernor & Charles Fisher Homes
- Grosse Isle
- Yacht Clubs and Marinas
- Fort Malden Historic Site
- Amherstburg Riverfront
- King’s Navy Yard Park
- Stony Island
- 1906 Grosse Isle Lighthouse
- Canadian Coast Guard Station
- Canadian Shoreline and Wetlands
Our Detroit Dock tour has a beautiful view of the skyline of Detroit including spectacular views of iconic landmarks like the GM Renaissance Center and the Ambassador Bridge. Bask in these sights and more including:
- Cullen Plaza formerly Rivard Plaza
- GM Renaissance Center
- Belle Isle Bridge
- Hart Plaza & Dodge Fountain
- Ambassador Bridge
- Historic Warehouse District
- Tri-Centennial State Park & Harbor
- Peche Island
- Stroh River Place
- Cobo Center
- Joe Louis Arena
- Kid Rock’s House
- Detroit Boat Club
- Detroit Yacht Club
- Post Office Boat
- Downtown Windsor
- Manoogian Mansion (Mayor’s Residence)
- Water Works Park
- Bayview Yacht Club
- Detroit Fireboat “Curtis Randolph”
- Canadian Club Plant
- Windsor Hum
- Historic Fort Wayne
- Dossin Great Lakes Museum
- Hiram Walker Distillery
- Detroit People Mover
You might notice that each tour is a little bit different. We do this to give you the richest Detroit experience possible. Learn about the history of the buildings and Detroit itself. Every time you tour with us you have the option to get a new perspective of the city.
Our Wyandotte boat trips at 1:00 and 3:30 feature different sights depending on the departure time. So if you’re looking for a fun Wyandotte or Detroit experience, take the Sightseeing tour in 2019. Tours start on June 6th and end our season on September 1st. Experience Detroit on a whole new setting. We guarantee you won’t have the same experience with us twice.
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Highlights on the Tour: Detroit Yacht Club
When you go on a Diamond Jack’s River Tour in Detroit then you’ll get the chance to see one of Detroit’s oldest organizations, The Detroit Yacht Club. Founded in 1868 by sailing enthusiasts the club had humble beginnings setting up in a small clubhouse with a boatshed. The close quarters must have been a lot to handle since only 14 years later a portion of the members broke away to form the Michigan Yacht Club. It took the remaining members over two years to select another Commodore (club equivalent to President.)
The Clubhouse you can see from one of our Sightseeing Tours today was constructed from 1922-1923. The clubhouse sits on a man-made island from excavated dirt cost more than one million dollars to make. The architect, George D. Mason, has also built other iconic Detroit buildings like the Gem Theatre and the Detroit Masonic Temple. Throughout the 50s and 60s additions continued to be added including: dining facilities, a theater projector installed in the ballroom, an Olympic-size swimming pool and the West End docks.
In 2018, the Detroit Yacht Club celebrated its 150th anniversary. Detroit Yacht Club has a lot of lore that is ingrained in their history. At the end of World War II the DYC’s Women’s sailing organization became the first of its kind in the country. In the 1920s after DYC Commodore, Gar Wood set the world speed record in hydroplanes. Subsequently, The Detroit Yacht Club hosted Hydroplane races after Wood’s prominence and Gold Cup victories brought a spotlight on the organization.
Today there is over 350 boat wells in the marina for the Detroit Yacht Club members to use. The Detroit Yacht Club has facilities for members that include: Racquetball Courts, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Outdoor Hot Tub, Outdoor Tennis courts, Bocce Ball Court, Volleyball Court and an Indoor and outdoor restaurant. The Detroit Yacht Club hosts a variety of annual event like the Officer’s Ball, the Vice Commodore’s Ball, Venetian Weekend and Hydroplane Racing Weekend. See the Detroit Yacht Club and other Detroit landmarks like this when you go on one of our Sightseeing Tours!
Ask the Captain a Question
Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. During our Sightseeing Tours season we will pick 5 winners each month and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! Plus, the winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!
Now that’s a prize worth asking for.