M/V Circle Line XI  

(ex-USCGC Calypso, WPC-104)    

The flagship of the Circle Line sightseeing fleet, Circle Line XI was originally the United States Coast Guard Cutter Calypso (WPC-104).

Time is running out for the remaining former Coast Guard cutters in the fleet.

After over a half-century carrying literally millions of tourists around Manhattan, Circle Line XI is no more. On November 2, 2008, the former US Coast Guard Cutter Calypso made her last scheduled sightseeing trip and was subsequently scrapped. Despite efforts to preserve this unique and irreplaceable running example of 1930s diesel technology, the economic downturn at the time made it impossible to get preservation grants, or to find a non-profit group able to save her and/or sister ship Perseus. Both were scrapped. Two other sister ships, Circle Line XII (ex-USCGC Argo, WPC-100) and Circle Line XVI (ex-USCGC Nike, WPC-112) are scheduled to go when the next replacement sightseeing vessels arrive in 2016. Circle Line XVII (ex-USCGC Triton, WPC-116) will probably be kept another year or two as a backup vessel.

Comments and Suggestions

Please send your comments and suggestions for improvement to:
Brian Bailey, Engineer,  M/V Circle Line XI

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Last updated 03/16/2011

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