Bama Belle

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Bama Belle in April 2003.

The Bama Belle is a riverboat attraction docked at Medeiros Point on the Black Warrior River at 1 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa. Operating intermittently since 2001 as the first attraction along the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, the Bama Belle offers sightseeing tours and can be rented for private events.

The 90-foot, 54-ton riverboat was originally constructed in 1969 by the Dubuque Boat & Boiler Company in Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to coming to Tuscaloosa, the riverboat was utilized at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee and known as the Captain Ann and later moved to Destin, Florida, and known as the Emerald Queen. The boat was brought to Tuscaloosa by Mike and Nikki Medeiros, and opened in September 2001 as the Bama Belle after being redocumented and recertified by the United States Coast Guard. It can hold up to 149 passengers.

Both Mike and Nikki Medeiros served as captains of the boat through December 2005 when Mike was killed in a car accident. After remaining closed for over a month and a half, the Belle resumed service with Tiffany Maxwell and John Gray serving as captains in late January 2006. The following year, the Tuscaloosa City Council officially named the boat landing where the boat is moored "Medeiros Point" in honor of Mike Medeiros. In July 2009, Nikki Medeiros sold the operation to Sandi Wyatt who continued to operate the attraction until June 2012 when coolant leaks caused an engine failure.

Craig Dodson of Jasper purchased the Bama Belle in 2015. He made repairs and resumed regular public cruises in February 2017. In 2019 Dodson put the riverboat up for sale.


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