HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pride of the Susquehanna was running hourly over a busy Memorial Day weekend until the captain noticed something was off.
“There was a slight list to the riverboat, meaning instead of going straight … it started to lean to one direction,” said Jason Meckes, executive director of the Pride of the Susquehanna.
The leaning was a problem with a hydraulic driver next to the paddle wheels.
Meckes says it’s a small problem for now, but could become a big one. Crews decided to pull the riverboat from the water on Wednesday, an unprecedented event.
“That’s the first time that’s ever been done other than the start and end of the seasons in the 27 years it’s been sailing,” Meckes said.
While the Pride sits in shame on City Island, it’s racking up a big bill.
“Every day that we’re not sailing that means I’m not getting an income of anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 a day,” Meckes said.
The repairs are expected to take a few days at least, at most a week.