Monday, September 25, 2023

Historic Yorktown Welcomes Two New Home-Ported Ships

Alliance II (Yorktown Sailing Charters)

YORKTOWN — Historic Yorktown is now the permanent home of two new ships at the Riverwalk Landing Piers. The Schooner Alliance II and the Schooner Serenity will navigate the waters of the York River daily and offer day and sunset sails, pirate cruises and private charters.

The Alliance II replaces its namesake vessel, which was sold to an education nonprofit in Michigan last year. Around the same time as the sale, new owners Erik Lohse and Tyler Bullock purchased York River Cruises from Lohse’s stepmother, Laura Lohse.

“It was so important to keep York River Cruises in the family because we understand the growth potential and the significance it brings to the community,” explained Erik. “We are incredibly fortunate to have found two boats that would allow us to carry on the Lohse legacy.”

Serenity (Yorktown Sailing Charters)

There are other reasons the owners are adamant about sustaining their business in Yorktown — the ambiance and convenience.

“When I came aboard as the ship’s captain in 2019, I was blown away by the amount of water there was and how accessible the area is,” Tyler mentioned. “I’m so excited to be able to stay and work in Yorktown and call it my home.”

Kristi Olsen, director of York County Economic and Tourism Development, is excited about enhancing the on-water attractions available in Historic Yorktown.

“The Alliance II and Serenity will not only boost the economy, but will also give locals and tourists the opportunity to experience Yorktown’s breathtaking landscape and learn about the significance Yorktown’s ships played in U.S. history,” Olsen said.

(Yorktown Sailing Charters)

While on board the Alliance II, Captains Erik and Tyler will steer guests past Yorktown Battlefield — the same spot where the country won its independence. Kids can raise the sails, steer the boat, and tie knots on a Pirate Adventure Cruise. Tours run through Oct. 31.

The Schooner Serenity offers private, intimate sightseeing charters with a maximum of six passengers. Times for private sails vary through Nov. 1.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit Sail Yorktown.

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