The original GOODTIME ran 1924 – 1938 and was run by the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company (A.k.a. C & B Line). This vessel was originally the City of Detroit II. Built in the city of it’s name in 1889, she was 286’6″ x 70’3″ and was designed at 1,919 gross tons. The ship’s “run” was Cleveland to Cedar Point. She made 1,214 round trips and 1,220 Moonlight cruises before closing in September 1938 and being finally scrapped in 1941.
The GOODTIME, a family owned and operated business started its operations in the spring of 1958. It continued to keep alive the name and tradition of providing safe sailing’s of the Cleveland and Cuyahoga River area, and has rightfully become an institution to the city of Cleveland. The GOODTIME’S “Cuyahoga River Tour” has become a “staple” in the educational field trip option of ALL districts within a seventy mile radius of Cleveland and a “top” city tour while visiting Cleveland. Guests range from local residents to the famous from far, far away. Distinguished guests from around the globe become “passengers” while sightseeing during a stay at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Celebrities include the late Peter Jennings, Halle Berry, Willard Scott, Chuck Norris, Drew Carey, Robert Redford, Cleveland Television Anchors & Sports figures alike.
In 1984, Vince and Herbert Fryan, sold the Company to Captain Jim Fryan, the 2nd generation in the Company. Twenty – six years after the “resurrection” of the Name GOODTIME, the GOODTIME II was about to undergo a dramatic change. This change included added trips, several cosmetic improvements and a new perspective on the business at hand.
The changes were effective and the Company “grew” its attendance figures each and every season. Along with the city’s entertainment expansion, Captain Jim knew it was time to make serious changes. In 1988 the decision to build a new ship was made. The newer GOODTIME was to be the ship for the next millennium, much larger and designed for the comfort of the passenger. September 16, 1990 the new GOODTIME III was delivered to Captain Jim and Cleveland. The following season the city showed that it was the right decision, a banner year it was. The 1,000-passenger luxury ship is perfect for all types of events and functions. Many area businesses charter the ship for various private events every summer. Conventions and Social organizations utilize the GOODTIME III for dinner functions, fundraisers and gatherings because of the uniqueness of the facility.
Captain Jim Fryan, an entrepreneur and successful businessman started and ran a handful of businesses over his career, but enjoyed performing and being a Blues Musician the most. Captain Jim headed the Capt -n- Crew Band aboard the GOODTIME III entertaining passengers aboard Private Charters and Dance Cruises alike. Captain Jim passed away in 2012 and his son; Capt. Rick manages the business and books private events.
After 43 years of never missing a day of work, Captain Bruce Hudec, the GOODTIME III’s Master Captain, passed away after the 2014 Season. He was a local Euclidean that started as a deckhand in 1971 and worked diligently to move up. He devoted his life to the Company and will be missed. Captain Bob Gamber, the Co-Captain since 1987 stepped up as the Ship’s full time Master Captain for the 2015 & 2016 Season. Both Captain’s Hudec & Gamber trained the next Master Captain; Captain Jordan Kit, who started out in the Ship’s Galley in 2012 and took over that position in 2016 at age 26. Captain Kit is one of the youngest Captains aboard a Passenger Vessel the size of the GOODTIME in all of Lake Erie. He resides in Cleveland right on the Cuyahoga River.
Over the last 60 years, many crew members have helped create the “experience” that keeps passengers happy and coming back year after year. To all these wonderful young and not so young people ~ A Huge Thank You is given from the Fryan Family. Without them, there would be no “good time”.