Warren, RI (July 24, 2012) – The 89-foot steel excursion boat, LILA built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was accepted and delivered FOB Warren on Tuesday, July 24th. The vessel arrived in Chicago via the Erie Canal on August 1st.
The LILA was designed by Timothy Graul of Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It is powered by twin screw Caterpillar engines and will accommodate up to 340 passengers for architectural tours on the Chicago River. The vessel was designed with a climate controlled main cabin and will be outfitted with bar, heads and an entertainment & security system. The new vessel is certificated by the U.S. Coast Guard under Subchapter “K” for lakes, bays and sounds less than 1 mile from shore.
The M/V LILA is the sister vessel to the M/V WENDELLA built at the Blount shipyard in 2007, and the M/V LINNEA built in 2010. The LILA marks the 337th vessel to be built by the Blount shipyard, which has been in continuous operation since 1949.
Wendella Sightseeing is a Chicago family owned and operated business entering its’ 78th season as one of Chicago’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues. Founded in 1935 by Albert Borgstrom, a Swedish immigrant, Wendella is now in its third generation with Michael Borgstom serving as President.