Calamity Jane is the only authentic cowgirl barge on the planet. Built in 1923 and 27m long, she is a Dutch Luxemotor, and was converted for cruising twenty years ago. My name is Harriet, and I am her skipper. When I am not trying to get my head around the eccentric culture of my home town, Nashville, Tennessee, I am welcoming guests aboard Calamity Jane.
I spend a lot of time in the wheelhouse, because I am a big snoop and like to see what my neighbours are up to. As you can see, there is 360 degree visibility up there, and so not much gets past my eagle eyes.
Another thing is, I am lazy. All I really want to do is read, knit, and gossip, and it doesn’t get much more comfortable than stretching out on those cushions.
The saloon makes a pretty comfortable alternative to the wheelhouse. I can get ten people around that table for dinner or for a game of liar’s dice. And the sofa pulls out into an extra bed if you find that you can’t move afterwards. Yee Haw!
There are two cabins to choose from, should you ever decide to visit. The forward suite, formerly inhabited by my beloved son Junior, has been transformed in 2011 and no longer smells of dirty socks, aerosol paint and marijuana.
The aft cabin has stained glass windows and its own jacuzzi, which is completely ridiculous but nonetheless true.
I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing than to drive you up the river while you enjoy the scenery and get away from it all. So please do consider a trip to Calamity Jane, and cowgirl paradise.