Knoxville, TN - In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, NavCal River Rides will be offering special Civil War History Cruises Thursday, April 30th through Sunday May 3rd piloted by the spirit of Sam Clemmons with Miss Drusilla in period costume. These cruises will use an 1864 map by Union Captain Orlando Poe to point out where Civil War Forts and Batteries were located before and during the battle of Fort Sanders.

NavCal along with the Upper Tennessee Riverboat Museum and Tennessee Riverboat Company will have a booth at the East Tennessee History Exposition Saturday, May 2nd featuring information on the SULTANA disaster and steamboats of that period.

NavCal is also offering two longer distance cruises on 15 and 16 May. The first, one way, cruise will leave Knoxville on Friday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. and arrive at Ft. Loudon Lock and Dam at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, on your own, is suggested at CalhounS at Ft. Loudon.

The second, one way, cruise will depart Ft. Loudon on Saturday, May 16th at 8:45 a.m. and lock through down bound and then again back up bound. After a break for lunch, on your own, suggested at CalhounS at Ft. Loudon, we will return to Knoxville arriving at 7:00 p.m. These longer distance cruises will cover the most beautiful 46 mile section of the Tennessee River.

For more information and to make online reservations please see and our paperless reservation system.




About NavCal Marine Services, LLC, DBA NavCal River Rides


NavCal has been in operation in Knoxville since 2007 offering sightseeing, haunted history, football weekend ferry, charters and longer distance cruises as far as Chattanooga. Captain Farmer is an ordained chaplain so weddings and recommitment ceremonies are always available.


Please contact:


NavCal Marine Services, LLC, DBA NavCal River Rides

Captain John C. Farmer

Dock at 300 Neyland Drive & Mail to 8016 Ellisville Lane, Knoxville, TN 37909

Cell phone 865-765-3407