New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Close out your year with something Exciting and Unique!

3 1/2 hour cruise with snacks, champagne & fireworks at midnight

There is a full service bar and plenty of seating available

Only available to the first 100 people

Cost: $69.00

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 9:30pm - 1am

Call to make a reservation.

info@spiritoflasalle.com

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Spirit of LaSalle History

The 115 foot, aluminum hull ship was originally built in Jean LaFitte, LA in 1978 and christened as the "Melissa Briley."  The boat was designed and built as a crew boat.  A crew boat is used to carry men and supplies to the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Crew boats can best be described as marine versions of flatbed trucks.  After 8 years of servicing the rigs the ship was sold in 1986 to the McLain family from Alabama.

 

The ship was taken to Pascagoula, MS and was modified from the original design to the yacht type vessel that it is today.  The new owners renamed her "Southern Comfort" and ran it out of the Grand Hotel Marina in Point Clear, AL.

 

In 1997, the ship was once again sold, this time to the Kollars family from Beaver Bay, MN.  Once again it took on a new name.  This time it became the Grampa Woo III.  The name Grampa Woo came from Mrs. Kollars father who passed away shortly before the family took delivery of the Grampa Woo I back in 1992.  The family upgraded to the Grampa Woo II in early 1996.  In October of 1996 an incredibly fierce storm pulled the Woo II and its mooring out of its harbor on the North Shore of Minnesota.  It was eventually washed up and the rocks of Passage Island and was ultimately lost to the unforgiving waters of Lake Superior.  The family's search for a new boat led them far from Northern Minnesota all the way to the southern coast of Alabama where they found what was to become the Grampa Woo III.

 

After purchasing the vessel, the family made the trip north from Mobile, AL to the North Shore of Minnesota, where it spent the summers providing scenic cruises, dinner cruises and private charters on the waters of Lake Superior.  After the summer season the ship would then follow the fall colors south all the way back to the Gulf Coast following the Western Rivers. Passing through cities such as: Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinaw Island, Charlevoix and Ludington, MI.  Joliet, Peoria, Ottawa, Beardstown, Hardin, Grafton and Alton, Illinois.  St. Charles, St. Louis, Kimmswick and Cape Girardeau, MO.  Paducah and Kentucky Lake, KY.  Pickwick Lake, Iuka and Columbus, MS.  Demopolis, Mobile, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL.  Even as far south as Pensacola, FL.  The Grampa Woo III made this trip each fall for ten years.  Returning each spring along the same route back to Minnesota.

 

In the spring of 2007 the ship found herself with new owners and another new name.  The Ruleau family from Menominee, Michigan rechristened her the "Spirit of LaSalle," named for Robert LaSalle, the European explorer that first sailed upon the Great Lakes.  The ship now spends her summer season in the Bay of Green Bay where she offers daily ferry service between the ports of Menominee, Michigan and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  After Labor Day the ship makes her way down the western rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.  There she follows the course set by the Grampa Woo and even before that:LaSalle himself.

 

2009 Spirit History.