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Cruise into history returns in Biloxi on the Clipper

COURTESY SHIP ISLAND EXCURSIONSThe historic Pan American Clipper excursion boat will take history buffs from across South Mississippi on a cruise to learn Biloxi's history from area historians who are part of the story.
COURTESY SHIP ISLAND EXCURSIONSThe historic Pan American Clipper excursion boat will take history buffs from across South Mississippi on a cruise to learn Biloxi's history from area historians who are part of the story.

The Biloxi History Cruise returns May 14 on a sunset dinner voyage aboard the historic Pan American Clipper.

Eighty passengers will board at 4:30 p.m. at the Point Cadet Marina behind Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi.

After the ship departs at 5 p.m., a shrimp pasta dinner will be served along with beer, wine and other beverages.

The entertainment on this cruise is provided by seven speakers sharing stories of Biloxi history.

Capt. Louis Skrmetta will tell about The Pan American Clipper and Susan Hunt will recall the Isle of Caprice off the coast of Biloxi. Kevin O'Brien will re-create the character who was G.E. Ohr. Robert "Bones" Barq will share his memories and the story of Barq's, Biloxi's most-famous drink. Bill Raymond, Biloxi's historical administrator, will tell tales of the Biloxi Lighthouse and Kenneth Dodd will look back on the 75th anniversary of Keesler Air Force Base. Alvin Baker will recall life on Deer Island.

The cruise is presented by the Culture & Heritage Committee of the Biloxi Bay Chamber and all proceeds will support projects of the committee. The group has raised money to install a marker on the previously unmarked grave of the Hermit of Deer Island; replanted the "12 Palms" that honored Biloxians who died in World War I; and organized an exhibit and concert as a tribute to Biloxi's Clarence Harder and his One Man Band.

Get tickets for the 80 available seats by contacting the chamber by email at info@biloxibaychamber.org, phone at 435-6149 or at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

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