PRUDENCE was built in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1911 as a wooden Steam Ferry. Now operating with a single diesel motor, this historic vessel is one of only three original Maine Steamboats still on the water today and is the longest working ship in the country! She has been in continuous service and registered with the U. S. Coast Guard Service every year since her launch in 1911.
PRUDENCE is 64FT and Coast Guard licensed for up to 100 passengers with a total of almost 2 million riders now under her bow! Called a Coastal Steamer, this special piece of American history served originally as a passenger ferry in Rhode Island from 1911 to 1962. She was then sold and became a Charter vessel out of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and was used for private parties and harbor tours of the Kennedy compound for the next 50 years!
In 2011, The Cape Cod Maritime Museum celebrated the 100 year anniversary of PRUDENCE in Hyannis Port. Tim Reed, the son of the original builder of PRUDENCE and founder of Boothbay Shipyard, stated, "the craftsmanship of this boat was phenomenal."
PATIENCE is a replica SisterShip to Prudence and is named after the island next to Prudence Island in the Narragansett off of Newport RI. She is 72 Ft and has a capacity of 130 passengers. Great for entertaining, dinners or just taking a cruise!