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Captain Carl Marshburn B. III

President and Owner

Cape Fear Riverboats Inc

HQ Phone: (910) 343-1611

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Cape Fear Riverboats Inc

101 S. Water Street

Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

United States

Company Description

Cape Fear Riverboats, Inc. was founded in 1987. It is the brainchild of Captain Carl Marshburn. "I was running scuba dive charters and quite frankly was scared of the liability involved. That, coupled with some bad weather, made me rethink my line of work ... more

Background Information

Employment History


Henrietta III Riverboat


Henrietta II


Board Member
Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust

Web References (97 Total References)

Cape Fear Riverboats was ...

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Cape Fear Riverboats was founded in 1987 by Captain Carl Marshburn.

Captain Carl Marshburn is still the owner and operator of Cape Fear Riverboats and his son, Darren Marshburn, serves as Captain of the Henrietta III.

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Capt. Carl Marshburn, president and owner of Cape Fear Riverboats, stands on the middle deck of the Henrietta III, which is leaving downtown Wilmington after it was sold Wednesday. (courtesy of Cape Fear Riverboats) A cruise boat that has been a downtown Wilmington attraction for 15 years is embarking on a new course.

Pleasure Boat Cruises Corp. of Fort Meyers, Florida, bought The Henrietta III on Wednesday from Cape Fear Riverboats for an undisclosed amount, according to a news release.
Capt. Carl Marshburn, president and owner of Cape Fear Riverboats, said he plans to replace the 156-foot, 600-passenger Henrietta III with a smaller riverboat suited for private charters, sightseeing and nature cruises.
"This wasn't a distress sale. We were doing very well. We had our own galley; we did our own food. We had three functions at the same time on that boat - all that's a tremendous amount of work, takes a tremendous amount of support," Marshburn said Wednesday. "And even though we were enjoying it, we wanted to step back to a simpler style of life."
In addition to looking for a smaller boat to replace the Henrietta III, Marshburn said his company will continue to operate the smaller boats in its fleet, the Captain J.N. Maffitt and John Knox, from its Water Street dock.
In 2000, The Henrietta III replaced The Henrietta II, which Marshburn brought to the Port City's downtown riverfront 28 years ago.
Since then, Marshburn has been lauded by the N.C. Travel Industry Association and other groups for promoting and supporting the growth of tourism in downtown Wilmington.
"When we came here in 1988, there was very little tourism downtown. There were very few of us here that were actually in the tourism business in '88," Marshburn said.
We hope some time in the near future to be able to make an announcement that we're bringing another boat back in here," Marshburn said.

Capt. Carl Marshburn has ...

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Capt. Carl Marshburn has sold Henrietta III to a company in Florida. The boat will leave Wilmington no later than March 1. Courtesy photo.

According to a news release, the riverboat will permanently depart from downtown Wilmington no later than March 1.
Captain Carl Marshburn, president and owner of Cape Fear Riverboats, said he has been actively looking for the right buyer for the Henrietta. He now plans to replace it with a smaller riverboat better suited for private charters, sightseeing and nature cruises.
Marshburn originally brought the Henrietta II to Wilmington in 1988 and replaced it in 2000 with the larger Henrietta III, which is touted as the largest riverboat in the state.
And now, we look forward to bringing a new vessel to the Cape Fear River," Marshburn said.
Weather permitting, Cape Fear Riverboats, a locally owned, family-run business, will resume sightseeing cruises aboard the Captain J.N. Maffitt on March 1.
Between now and then, Marshburn invites locals and visitors alike to take pictures and say goodbye to the red and white riverboat that has become a symbol of downtown Wilmington.

Awards – North Carolina Travel Industry Association

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Tourism Excellence for an Individual: Captain Carl Marshburn, Cape Fear Riverboats, Inc.

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Carl Marshburn, owner of Cape Fear Riverboats, was elected Board chairman of the Tourism Development Authority. Marshburn represents Attractions in New Hanover County.

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