American Buccaneer Excursions

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The American Buccaneer began its life in 1953, constructed in Biloxi, Mississippi.  She served the Gulf coast as a wooden shrimping boat in the late 1960s.  She was then sold and transformed into a passenger vessel, serving Chicago and Philadelphia as a tour boat for over 40 years.

In 2010, she was purchased by her current owner, Captain Addison Closson from Rhode Island and relocated from Philadelphia to Newport where she was renamed the Aquidneck Ferry, in homage to a pre-WWII ferry that served the greater Newport region in the 1920s and 30s.

The two-year process of refurbishing this 65' all-wooden ferry vessel helped transform the boat into one of New England's most exciting and entertaining spaces on the water!  During the fall of 2012, an opportunity presented itself to Capt. Closson and his crew, which includes a resident U.S. historian, to bring the vessel to Southern Florida.  She now resides in West Palm Beach and has been renamed the American Buccaneer.

The Buccaneer is US Coast Guard inspected and licensed boat that can carry up to 128 passengers. She is one of the only fully handicap accessible vessels in the region, complete with wheelchair and scooter accessibility as well as an ADA (American Disabilities Act) restroom.  This ensures that truly anyone can come aboard the American Buccaneer comfortably and safely and experience the water like never before!