MADAKET  Cruises
Madaket History
A Bit of
"On Humboldt Bay Since 1910"
Tuesday through Sunday
1:00, 2:30 & 4:00 pm
Monday 1:00 and 2:30 pm
Step Aboard! Learn the history of
Humboldt Bay on an 8.5 mile cruise
along the shores of Humboldt Bay
while the Captain explains local
history, industries, activities, points of
interest and wildlife. Seals are sure to
be seen along with migratory birds, the
Fishermen's Statue and the iconic
Carson Mansion. 1.15 hrs
Historically Narrated Cruises
Sunday Mornings at 11:00 am
Venture to the unchartered
waters of Arcata Bay
and get
close encounters with many
creatures that call these waters
their home. Enjoy a morning
cocktail as you cruise through the
largest oyster beds in the state, all
while the Captain narrates about
early bay uses and history. 1.5 hrs
Tuesday through Saturday:
5:30 pm
Take in the sights and sounds
during this slow paced leisurely
cruise along Eureka's scenic
waterfront and tranquil wildlife
areas of the bay. Enjoy a hot or
cold beverage from Madaket's
tiny bar, the smallest licensed bar
in the State of California.
Non-Narrated. 1 hr
(707) 445-1910
Cocktail Cruises
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Eco Wildlife/History Cruises

    MADAKET was not always named Madaket.....

    ...In 1931, the fleet was sold to Walter C. Coggeshall and Nellie C. was renamed Madaket after an Indian
    name from the East Coast's Nantucket Island. Madaket is the last remaining vessel of a seven vessel fleet
    that once transported families and workers around Humboldt Bay. Amongst these workers were hundreds
    of mill workers and longshoremen employed by timber companies such as Hammond Lumber Company,
    Dolbeer-Carson, Simpson, Georgia Pacific and others of the era. The ferries (known locally as Launches)
    would operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, each carrying no less than 1,500 people a day around the
    shore. They were a vital link to the early day economics. The completion of the Samoa bridge in 1971 put
    the ferry service out of business and gave new life to Madaket as the Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise Flag
    Boat and ambassador of Humboldt Bay. Built in 1909, launched in 1910 and refurbished in 1989, she is a
    reminder of our bays maritime past preserved for the future and has become a vital part of the local
    heritage tourist industry. The Motor Vessel MADAKET is one of 700 historic vessels registered in the United
    States. She was built for the shallow waters of Humboldt Bay at Fairhaven Ca, in 1909, by shipwright
    McDonald. 47.5 feet in length, 12 foot at the beam and draws a mere 3.75 feet. Launched onto its placid
    waters on June 6th 1910, She is the oldest passenger carrying vessel in continuous service in the United
    States and boasts the smallest licensed bar in California.
Boarding and tickets at the Foot of "C" Street      
(707) 445-1910                Madaket Plaza, Eureka, Ca.
look forward to when we can welcome you aboard again in 2021.