Southern Patriot and Lake Murray Tours (803) 749-8594 P.O. Box 526 Ballentine, SC 29002
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Thank you for visiting the Southern Patriot web site.

 

After 21 wonderful years on beautiful Lake Murray, the Southern Patriot will no longer be sailing in 2014 including canceling all Purple Martin Cruises. 

 

Our mandated annual inspection by the U S Coast Guard is normally a winter/early spring event. However, this year’s visit occurred later and they requested us to dry-dock the boat which was not unusual but unexpected.

 

This inspection was conducted in a manner not consistent with any previous inspection administered in our 14 years of ownership. The Coast Guard is unable to determine a specific course of action or timeline for us to follow. Because of the vague assessment, it is in our opinion we would not complete the fabrication in a timely manner to fulfill our scheduled commitments.

 

 The Downs family, Captains, Crew and staff of Lake Tours and the Southern Patriot appreciate everyone who has cruised with us over these past 14 years. We have discussed our retirement for some time and perhaps the Coast Guard has helped us with this decision. As you may know, the Coast Guard also requested the other tour boat on Lake Murray to be dry-docked for 3 months this year as well.  It appears there may be a pattern to eliminate tour operations on Lake Murray. Your safety has always been our top priority and we have not, nor would we, take anyone out with an unsafe vessel. We can proudly say we went 21 years of service on Lake Murray without a single incident.

 

To all the folks who had graduation parties, college formals, weddings, anniversaries, company outings, birthdays or just a fun evening watching the purple martins, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for being able to share in your celebrations and special events.

 

We would also like to add a special ‘shout out’ to Capital City Lake Murray Country & Tourism for all the support they have given us over the years. Their hard work provides a magnificent Boat Parade and Fireworks display for the July 4th Celebration, year after year. You are outstanding and we will miss working with you!

 

Thanks again friends, we will miss all of you. It has been one heck of a ride!

 

 

 

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