Maid of the Mist announces names for new all-electric vessels
Maid of the Mist Chairman & CEO James V. Glynn and energy pioneer Nikola Tesla will be honored when their names are placed on the sterns of the two new, all-electric, zero-emission Maid of the Mist vessels, which will go into service during the 2020 season.
Workers are currently putting the finishing touches on the catamaran-style vessels which will require final regulatory review before the first passengers are able to board them and take an iconic journey to the base of Niagara Falls.
Glynn began his career with the Maid of the Mist as a ticket seller in the 1950s. He was general manager when he purchased the attraction in 1971 from Frank LeBlond. He graduated from Niagara University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, while working at the Maid of the Mist.
Glynn has been a major leader in the Niagara Falls and Buffalo communities, simultaneously holding directors roles for M&T Bank, National Fuel, Catholic Health and many others. He currently serves as chairman emeritus of Niagara University’s Board of Trustees, of which he was the first lay chairman.
His philanthropy has benefited countless service organizations in Niagara and Erie counties, with thousands of lives positively influenced by his generosity.
“This is my father’s 70th season with Maid of the Mist,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “He has dedicated his life to the attraction. Our newest vessels bring to seven the number of boats he has built since assuming ownership in 1971. He developed a great company and has been so very respectful of the legacy of the Maid. The venerable nature of the attraction was never just a mere business opportunity for him.”
The other Maid of the Mist namesake belongs to Nikola Tesla, the genius inventor whose lifelong dream had been to harness the energy of the natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Tesla and George Westinghouse created the world’s first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls, harnessing the power of Niagara to generate electricity, a revolutionary idea at the time.
“The Alternating Current generated could be transmitted far distances, and in 1896 sent power to Buffalo, making it the City of Light,” Christopher Glynn said. “What Nikola Tesla did electrified civilization.”
Christening of the new vessels will be announced at a later date and the start of the 2020 season will be announced soon.