Join us for America's Most Entertaining Cruises!

Your cruise lets you experience Nashville as it can best be seen from the beautiful Cumberland River.

While “rollin’ down the river,” you’ll enjoy stunning views, a delicious meal freshly prepared by our chefs and toe-tapping entertainment in our two-story Victorian Theater in the center of the boat.

One of the largest showboats ever built, the grand General Jackson is an elegant triumph of American ingenuity. With its elegant lacy filigree and stately design, the boat is reminiscent of the opulence of the American Victorian era.

Showboats have long been a colorful part of our nation’s history, and this most unique Nashville attraction epitomizes the grace and grandeur of the Old South.

The General Jackson Showboat is named after the first steamboat to operate on the Cumberland River in 1817 which was named after President Andrew Jackson, whose historic home—The Hermitage—is 15 minutes from the dock.

Built by the largest inland shipbuilder in the United States, Jeffboat, located in Indiana, the General Jackson was launched on the Cumberland River on April 20, 1985.

Please note that firearms and any type of weapons are not allowed aboard the General Jackson Showboat. 

Fun Facts

Launch DateApril 20, 1985
Built ByJeffboat, Inc, Jeffersonville, Indiana
ChristeningJuly 2, 1985, by Mrs. Thelma Gaylord
Capacity1,037 passengers, 135 crew
Length274 feet; 300 feet including gang plank
Beam63 feet, 6 inches (width)
Height55 feet, fixed; 77 feet to the top of folding stacks
Draft7 feet
Engines2 Caterpillar 3512’s; 1050 hp per engine;880 kw generators
MotorsTwo 600 HP General Electric motors turn the paddlewheel – 1,200 hp total
Speed13 mph top speed; 4-8 mph average speed
Paddlewheel36 feet long, 24 feet in diameter; weighs 36 tons
Fuel#2 diesel fuel with a 15,000 and a 6,000 gallon tank; consumes 35 - 65 gallons per hour
Weight1,489 tons dead weight
Bow Thruster200 hp prop
Search LightXenon bulb; 120 million candle power
Dock195’ X 35’ barge
Mooring CellLarge cylinders on each end of the dock filled with sand and rock, topped with concrete and used to support and secure the barge/dock
Cumberland RiverNavigable for 381 miles; the General Jackson dock is at mile 197.5; average depth is 15-25 feet; normal (pool) level is 385 feet elevation. A round trip to downtown Nashville and back is 14 miles. The head waters are in Harlin County, Kentucky, and the mouth is at Smithland, Kentucky, where it joins the Ohio River.


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