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TugBoat Cruises of New Bern, NC










Joan Bower

Our Reservations/Scheduling Representative, Joan Bower, grew up on a farm in northeastern PA and graduated with an Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering from the Penn State Worthington-Scranton campus. She married a Marine Harrier pilot and "saw more of this country and world than I could have ever imagined!" during his military career. He now flies for UPS as an MD-11 Captain. They have 3 grown children and 2 young grandchildren. In addition to being on the clock 24-7 to take your Tugboat Cruise reservations, she is self employed drawing architectural house plans for local builders. How did she become part of our team? She and the owner serve together as adult Boy Scouts of America volunteers in our Neuse Basin District. In her limited spare time, she loves to play volleyball, is an avid amateur photographer, and works outside in the yard at her home of many years in New Bern.









Captain John Sorrells

John Sorrells was originally a banker for many years in Tennessee. His love of water led him to work as a crew member on a 100 foot oil rig crew boat on the Mississippi River. He purchased his first larger boat, an Albin 36 in 1998. He moved to Jacksonville, NC in 2007 and traded up to the 40' that he lives on right here in the same marina as the TugBoat. He decided to secure a USCG Captain license and does deliveries and worked on a local head boat. He has been running the TugBoat since the beginning of this year when we reinvigorated the business. He is a very engaging Captain and loves to meet new people and show them our local waters.

Captain Albert Vandermeer

Captain Albert Vandermeer moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1976.  The name Vandermeer tells it all - translated it means “of the lake” - so he was born to be on the water.  While in school he taught sailing during the summer months to a variety of students - Dutch, German, English, French and American.   He fell in love with an American Student and just had to follow her to the USA.  Albert is formally an engineer (works at Bosch), but in 2001 he got his 100 ton Captains License and put his boating experience to work by working for several tow boat companies ranging from Boston Harbor and the Gulf of Maine to the lakes around Charlotte and in Beaufort, NC.  He has piloted boats ranging from 21 ft to over 1000 tons, both on the lakes and inland waters and the ocean.  In his spare time I like to sail on his 44 foot sailboat from the local waters to the Caribbean.  He is fluent in 4 languages - Dutch, English, German and Frisian.  One of the highlights of his Maritime Career was piloting a Paddle Wheeler named the “Louisville Belle” on the Ohio River near Louisville Kentucky (that's the helm in the picture). 


Of course, being a captain for the Tugboat Cruises is more fun because he gets to interact with our passengers on a personal level and gets to be 'Vandermeer' at the same time!

Captain Peter Jacobsen

Peter Jacobsen was born in Germany and has been living in New Bern for almost 50 years.  He has a passion for boating; he lives on the Trent River (you'll go right by his house - wave to Ann!), and enjoys cruising on his own Hatteras LRC named 'Cloud 9'. As a licensed USCG captain, he has delivered boats from the Great Lakes to Florida. He has a wealth of knowledge about our community and loves sharing the beauty of our waterways. He especially loves to take children out - he ALWAYS let's them drive the boat (under his watchful eye, of course)!.


New Bern Grand Marina E Dock

101 Craven Street

at Doubletree Hotel Waterfront


Information and Reservations


1-252-631-0067  -  Voice Mail or Text


1-919-306-5712  -  Final Details


Email:  TugboatCruises@aol.com


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