The Lantern Queen Riverboat

PRESS RELEASE –  DATE \ Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the retirement of the Lantern Queen Riverboat.

The Lantern Queen was pulled from service on July 7, 2014 for a regular 5 year out of water USCG inspection. Both the owners and U.S. Coast Guard personnel were shocked to find extensive electrolytic pitting (galvanic corrosion*) throughout the hull. Electrolytic pitting compromises the safety of the vessel by thinning the hull’s metal to an unsafe thickness. After intensive surveys and estimates, it was determined that the very expensive repairs would exceed the vessel’s worth.

Owners, Carroll & Becky Fitzgerald, will miss sharing our region’s beauty and history with so many visitors to our area. During the Fitzgerald’s management, the Lantern Queen hosted more than 52,000 people on over 1000 cruises, and raised the bar for onboard cuisine throughout the Chesapeake region.

During the next few weeks all customers will be notified, and deposits and ticket purchases refunded.

The Fitzgeralds would like to thank our family, crew and customers for helping to make the Lantern Queen Riverboat such a popular attraction.

*Galvanic corrosion is the corroding of metal under the influence of an electric current. Every type of metal has a difference in potential with respect to other metals. If components made of two different metals are dipped into a liquid conductor (electrolyte) and short-circuited, a (low) current will flow between them. This will result in corrosion of the metal with the lowest potential, eventually dissolving it completely. This means that any low voltage current in the water could have caused this pitting.

NOTE: This kind of current does not pose a safety threat to swimmers or boaters – just two different metals.





Thank you

for 7 great years!


Carroll & Becky