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A sightseeing vessel for New York City in the image of a classic.


New York Cruise Lines signed a contract with Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to build three new sightseeing vessels. The vessels will be 165x34x12'-6" in size and certified under subchapter 'K' of 46CFR for 600 passengers.

The vessel was featured in Professional Mariner magazine August 2009. 


Following is the press release on the first vessel, the CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN, from September of 2008:

New Circle Line Sightseeing Vessel

by DeJong & Lebet Naval Architects


Circle Line Sightseeing at W. 42nd Street and The Hudson River in Manhattan recently took delivery of a new sightseeing vessel, the 165’ CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN.  This is Circle Line’s first new vessel in 63 years, and was designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc, Naval Architects, Jacksonville , FL.   The vessel is the first of 3 new Circle Line vessels built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset , MA .  The vessel is USCG Certified under Subchapter K for 600 passengers plus 100 crew, and measures less than 100 gross tons.  

CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN’s profile is very traditional, and similar to the existing fleet of converted WWII military vessels.  Circle Line Sightseeing purposely chose this style, as it reflects the Circle Line “Brand” that all New Yorkers are familiar with.  While the exterior is traditional, the interior is spacious and modern, and features a wide open clear span structural design with no stanchions.  The vessel design features (2) main passenger levels, on the Main and 2nd Decks, plus passenger heads, crew room, walk-in cooler and machinery spaces in the hull level.  

The vessel was limited to (2) levels by the air draft restriction of several bridges in the Harlem River on the Circle Line route completely around the island of Manhattan .  The Main Deck passenger area is mostly enclosed and the 2nd Deck is half enclosed with overhead windows for viewing the skyline, and half being an open deck.  All enclosed levels are fully heated and air conditioned and the design features a diesel fuel fired boiler for heating.  

The vessel has a full load draft of 8’, and has reached speeds in excess of 16 knots.  She is powered by a pair of Cummins KTA38-M1 diesel engines, each rated for 1100 HP@1800 rpm.  The engines are coupled to ZF3350 marine gears.  Electrical power is provided by (2) Cummins 6CTA generators rated 135kW@1800 rpm.  The generators also power a Wesmar V2-24 140 HP electric bow thruster.  

CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN carries 8000 gallons of fuel, 4000 gallons of water, and a 5000 gallon holding tank.  

DeJong & Lebet furnished concept design services and bid package design services prior to shipyard selection.  The final engineering was a joint effort between D&L, Inc. and Gladding-Hearn, with D&L, Inc. providing weights, lines, stability, structure and tonnage and G-H providing piping, electrical and outfitting.  

The second and third vessels will be delivered in the spring of 2009.  They will be named CIRCLE LINE BROOKLYN and CIRCLE LINE QUEENS.


In September of 2008 the CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN underwent sea trials and exceeded 16.5 knots.




The MANHATTAN went in the water on 1 August, 2008.

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The first boat is named the CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN, the second the CIRCLE LINE QUEENS, the third the CIRCLE LINE BROOKLYN. The QUEENS went in the water at the beginning of April, 2009.

Here is the QUEENS on April 6, 2009.

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From late June 2008 . . .

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       This page last edited on  07/09/2010