History of the Queen Priscilla
Originally built in 1984 by Hilburn Yachts (Tunnel Hill, GA), the first home of the Queen Priscilla was on Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania. Originally named the Raystown Queen, her name was later changed to Cheers when she was purchased by Captain Chris Soma and placed in service among the striking sandstone formations of the Wisconsin Dells along the banks of the scenic Wisconsin River. There, she proudly provided daily sightseeing & sunset dinner cruises for nearly 25 years.
Following a brief retirement, Kevin Jeske & Andrew Polyak purchased this classic vessel with a desire to restore her and upgrade her capability to provide service as a venue for comfortable lodging and intimate gatherings on the Tennessee River. Now known to everyone as the Queen Priscilla, she currently resides at Volunteer Landing Marina on the Tennessee River (the largest tributary of the Ohio River) in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
Intrigue . . .
In 1984, the same year the Queen Priscilla was built, an identical “sister” boat was built. Named the Raystown Belle she was also shipped to Pennsylvania to perform services along with her sister on Raystown Lake. The current location of the Raystown Belle remains a mystery. Any information that could lead to her current whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.
Queen Priscilla Specifications
- Weighing nearly 22 tons and measuring 64 feet long x 14 feet wide, the Queen Priscilla is propelled by two powerful 3.8 liter V-6 165 HP OMC engines.
- She features a spacious air-conditioned dining cabin that measures 42 feet x 14 feet.
- A well appointed galley is conveniently positioned at the forward end of the dining cabin.
- Galley equipment includes an electric range, gas grill, refrigerator, 3-compartment sink and hand wash sink.
- Just aft of the galley are two large 3-section sliding glass doors.
- Eight large (6′ x 4′) screened sliding glass windows span the entire length of the dining cabin.
- Two restrooms with lavatories (one with a shower) are located at the aft end of the dining cabin.
- The covered rear deck is reached through the aft door. A sturdy solid steel staircase provides access to the upper deck.
- The wide open space on the upper deck inside the railings measures approximately 50 feet x 12 feet.
- A large (27′ x 12′) weatherproof party top covers a large portion of the upper deck.
- A weatherproof pilothouse on the upper deck provides comfort for the Captain.