The boat formerly was used for excursions between Parkersburg and Blennerhassett Island; as a floating bed and breakfast on Ohio's Muskingham River; and for rides from a dock on the Ohio River at Camden Park.
Most recently, it was known as "The Spirit of South Charleston," and its previous owner, Frank Burdette, also used the boat on the Kanawha.
Daugherty is a licensed boat captain and a former commander of the Kanawha River Navy. He's also associated with the Kanawha Powerboat Squadron, the American Sternwheel Association and was involved with the Sternwheel Regatta from its early years.
"I fell in love with sternwheelers at a young age," he said. "I always had a dream of owning a boat."
His crew consists of longtime boatman Phil Primozic, and frequently Daugherty's wife, Nancy, and sister, Sallie Daugherty.
While he hopes lunch cruises will be popular, Daugherty mainly hosts large groups for parties or businesses. Catering is handled through a separate company.
He is in discussions with the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau to consider ways the sternwheeler can be used to benefit city tourism needs.
"We're thinking about having more of a set schedule," he said.
For more information or to schedule a cruise, go to www.
wvpaddleboat.com or call Daugherty at 304-419-2497.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.