September 2018 Newsletter: Join us aboard for our last two weekends of Sightseeing Tours!
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Get the most out of the last days of Summer
Fall is fast approaching. And while there is a lot to look forward to with pumpkin spice lattes, comfy sweaters and football; there is nothing like enjoying a Michigan summer. Come on board to squeeze the last bit of summer out with one of our sightseeing tours.
Join us on board our Detroit River Tours before our tours end September 2nd every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Hitch a ride with us at either our Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock or Wyandotte Bishop Park Dock. View Detroit in a completely new way and learn some fun facts on the way. Enjoy the summer breeze on deck with us before it becomes a fall chill.
“What can I see on the Sightseeing Tour?”
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 tourM 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:
- 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
We hear this question a lot and we love to surprise people with the answer. Our dock tour sites change depending on your boarding time and location. Explore the different views on the Detroit River with our 1:00PM and 3:30 PM tours. No tour ever feels the same with fresh facts and winds coming right at you. Below is a list of sights you’ll see on each tour.
Get the full range of tours we offer by taking advantage of our August promotion. For the rest of the month we are offering $15 for our Wyandotte Dock tours on Thursday and Friday! Get your coupon and get on board by visiting our coupon page!
Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest
We appreciate all the submissions we have been getting for Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest this summer! Submit your photo, tag and post it to our Facebook page to get 2 FREE tickets for a future cruise. These complimentary cruise tickets can be used for a sightseeing tour for this season or next season. So keep snapping photos and sharing your favorite tour moments with us.
Cruise any Evening at Daytime Rates with our Private Charters
Although our sightseeing season might be coming to an end, our private charters are still available through October 31st. If you are looking for a venue for a family reunion, corporate getaway or a private party set sail with us! We have hosted many types of events and provide great catering options and are ready to meet your needs. See our Reviews page to read what others have said about their time spent on one of our private charters!
Make your next event a smash with Diamond Jack! Our boats board up to 225 guests and we provide different options for wine and beer. Our catering menus include options including: pizza, middle eastern, BBQ, chicken, Italian and Mexican. Contact us today at (313) 843-9376 to reserve our remaining spots before October 31st.
Highlights on the Tour
The Ambassador Bridge: The Bridge of Wayne County
There are a lot of sights to see on the river sightseeing tours on both the Wyandotte and Detroit dock locations. Certainly, the longest structure you’ll see on our tours is the Ambassador Bridge. The bridge will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year on November 15th and has been a staple of the close economic ties the United States and Canada have shared during its tenure. The bridge’s original owner and financier, Joseph A. Bower, shared in this sentiment when he came up with the name instead of naming the bridge after the river it was built over or himself.
Constructed with over 21,000 tons of steel with a total length of 7,500 feet the Ambassador Bridge is an important link between Canada and the United States. Although only a 4-lane bridge it is estimated that 25% of all commercial trade between Canada and the United States crosses on this bridge making it the busiest international border crossing in terms of trade volume in North America. The suspended central span of the bridge is 1,850 feet long and the roadway you can drive on sits 152 feet above the Detroit River.
Eventually the Ambassador Bridge was placed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1979 when majority of shares were bought by Manuel (Matty) Mouron. Mr. Mouron was born on June 5th 1927, just 72 days before construction on the ambassador bridge even began. Mr. Mouron owned several other buildings in Detroit including the Roosevelt Warehouse and the Michigan Central Station which were both bought by the Ford Motor Company in March 2018. Ford has announced since that they plan on using the buildings as a campus for their autonomous vehicle development and deployment.
The Ambassador Bridge has seen Detroit and Windsor through thriving and struggling economic times but has nonetheless stood firm as an important commercial link between our countries. If you would like to inspect the bridge (and avoid paying the toll) join us for our 1:00PM dock tour at Wyandotte or the 1:00PM or 3:30PM Detroit dock tours.
Ask The Captain a Question!
Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to email@example.com. Whether you’re curious about the inner workings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!