MADAKET  Cruises
Madaket History
A Bit of
"On Humboldt Bay Since 1910"
Thursday through Sunday
1:00, 2:30 & 4:00 pm
Daily Cruises Begin July 1
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
Thursday 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

    ...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.
We're looking forward to welcoming you aboard!!
2021 Cruises Begin May 15
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MADAKET was not always named Madaket.....
Space is limited - 18 people (per cruise)
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