HAMPTON—The Miss Hampton II took her final cruise up the Hampton River on Wednesday, July 28, as the ship set sail for a new adventure in Delaware. After 32 continuous years of operation on the Downtown Hampton waterfront, the Miss Hampton II was sold to Capewater Tours out of Lewes, Delaware. The new owner will operate the vessel out of Cape Henlopen.
Purchased in 1989, the 117-passenger vessel was well-known and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
“We have watched the tour become a focal point in the presentation of the history of Hampton, “ said co-owner Captain Mike Hebert, who helped broker the boat purchase, served as general manager of the tour company, and captained the vessel for all 32 years of service. “Boat tour narrators have enlightened out-of-state guests with the fascinating folklore and factual events that helped shape the city in the past 400 years.”
The most significant change to the tour was made in 2020 when Fort Wool’s park-like setting was transformed to become a bird habitat and sanctuary during the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion construction. Prior to that, Miss Hampton passengers were treated to an hour-long walking tour—weather permitting—of the historic island fort, accessible to the public only by boat.
“While we wish the best for the Miss Hampton operating partners, we had hoped the harbor tour would continue operating Hampton’s waterways,” said Mary Fugere, director of the Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau. “There’s significant demand for a harbor tour departing from Hampton. We are working to locate a new tour operator to share Hampton’s maritime history and the incredible Hampton Roads harbor.”