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DIAMOND JACK'S RIVER TOURS TRAVELS UP-RIVER IN SPITE OF TOUGH ECONOMY

 DETROIT, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Diamond Jack's River Tours, now in its third season of providing two-hour narrated boat tours on the Detroit River, announced today that at mid-season it has doubled passenger boardings from 1992.
 "This spring we had many area school outings on board, which was a big boost for us," explained Capt. Bill Hoey, founder and owner of the 65-foot former Mackinac Island ferry "Diamond Jack." "Our narration has been carefully researched for historical accuracy, plus the kids have the opportunity for a great adventure on the water. We're a natural fit for schools. Our company also has had a great response from senior citizens' groups who are looking for a unique and leisurely outing. The majority of our seniors are from area senior centers or are working with local tour operators. Many have a love for the area and enjoy seeing the city they lived in for years from the water."
 Hoey continued that walk-on traffic has increased also, through word-of-mouth, brochure distribution and radio spots. "We purchased the 'Diamond Belle,' a larger ship, to handle the charter requests that we receive. We do not want to interrupt our regular tour schedule, yet charter requests really took off last year, so the decision was made to buy a ship to accommodate customers. I am very pleased with our numbers this year and optimistic that we will continue to grow. I feel that we are finally becoming known, and we are excited about being downtown with two boarding locations, Hart Plaza and St. Aubin Park."
 Diamond Jack's River Tours is a family-owned and -operated business. The following provides biographical information about Capt. Hoey and his family.


CAPT. WILLIAM A. HOEY, OWNER AND OPERATOR, DIAMOND JACK'S RIVER TOURS
 Capt. Bill Hoey of Grosse Ile, Mich., owner and operator of Diamond Jack's River Tours and the Gaelic Tugboat Company, began his maritime career and developed his keen interest in the great old steamboats that plied the Great Lakes when he was a youngster. Born in Ferndale, Mich., Hoey spent summers at his uncle's cottage in northern Canada, which nurtured his interest in boating.
 Educated at the University of Detroit Business College, Hoey preferred working on the tugs on the lakes, earning an Ocean Masters license for steam, motor and sail vessels. Early in his career he worked on tugs hauling cement clinker from Port Huron to Detroit. He was on the tug "B.H. Becker," which collided with the British vessel "Montrose" under the Ambassador Bridge in 1961. This marked the first sinking of a British ship by the Americans since Perry's victory on Lake Erie in 1813.
 In 1961 Hoey was working for the Fuller Marine Towing Co., owned by Elmer Dean and Warren Fuller. In 1964, Capt. Fuller retired and sold his business to Hoey. The business grew not only towing salt and oil barges but through the addition of ship assistance -- moving the giant Great Lakes and ocean-going freighters into and out of small areas. Success allowed him to purchase more tugs, and at one point Hoey ran a fleet of 30 tugs. Being of Irish/Protestant descent yet having a good Irish/Catholic friend, Hoey selected orange, green and white as his fleet colors. The smokestacks which traditionally represent vessel owners are orange.
 With the change of the economy in the late '80s and early '90s, Hoey planned for the future. Harbor tours worked in other cities and Detroit was ideal for this type of activity. In 1991 he purchased a former Arnold Line Mackinac Island ferry, outfitted it for tours and launched the "Diamond Jack." The two-hour tours present highlights of the city skyline and historical anecdotes. In early 1993 Hoey purchased a second ship, the 86-foot "Diamond Belle," which is used exclusively for group charters. The tour business has become a family venture. Hoey's wife Carolyn is the corporate secretary, daughter Susan is the general manager and daughter Patty Carrothers is the finance manager. Her husband Steve is the operations coordinator and Bill Jr. oversees the mechanical engineering of the ships.
 Capt. Hoey is committed to sharing his dedication to the Great Lakes by offering the public a family-oriented, fun and affordable way to enjoy summer on the Detroit River.
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 /CONTACT: Sally Owen of Diamond Jack's River Tours, 313-882-7189/


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