Bahia Beach the bay steamers could be seen plying between Tampa and
Bradenton, between 1900 and 1918. To "old Timers" the names of the H. B.
Plant, Favorite, Manatee, and Pokanoket still bring back nostalgic
memories of sun drenched days and moonlight nights spent on these
woodburning steamers. From Tampa to Bradenton was a full days' trip with
tops at St. Petersburg, Anna Maria, Palmetto, and Bradenton. Bradenton
was the layover point from which the return trip was made the following
The Bahia Queen, cruise boat for
Bahia Beach, was purchased to commemorate this early leisurely method of
travel. Built in Jeffersonville, Indiana, she made her way down the Ohio
and Mississippi and across the Gulf just for Bahia Beach fun.