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HARRISBURG, Pa.– After being dry docked for a week for repairs, the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat is back sailing again!

The riverboat was pulled out of the Susquehanna River last week to undergo repairs on its starboard hydraulic motor.

The problem became apparent when the captains noticed the paddles were running out of alignment, according to a news release from the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society.

“We couldn’t have done it alone,” says Mr. Thomas A. Farr, chairman of the non-profit Riverboat Society, which  operates the vessel.  “Turner Hydraulics, out of Carlisle, worked day and night to finish the repairs this quick.  H&S Towing did a tremendous job pulling the riverboat out and launching her again.  Our captains and crew worked tirelessly around the clock to save as much of our sailing week as possible.”

It was the first time in its 27 years that the boat was removed from the river following the launch of a boating season.

Estimates for the repairs range between $8,000 and $10,000.

Getting the riverboat back into the water wasn’t without difficulty.  Due to unusually low water, a pair of paddles broke off of the rear of the vessel, according to the riverboat society.

The damage was mended and launched on time to sail for a large group of out-of-state visitors on Wednesday afternoon.

The riverboat began sailing its normal schedule Wednesday, and will continue sailing between Noon and 3:00 p.m. every day during the summer.