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Passengers 'float' into the path of totality to see the solar eclipse

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Many people got to watch the total solar eclipse from the boat Tom Sawyer on the Mississippi River. Credit: KMOV Many people got to watch the total solar eclipse from the boat Tom Sawyer on the Mississippi River. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The eclipse was no doubt a unique event, and some watched it in a very unique way...on the water. A group floated the Mississippi River to watch this show of science. 

165 passengers and News 4's Marielle Mohs hopped on  board the Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise named the "Tom Sawyer." The goal was to float into the path of totality. Each passenger was given ISO certified eclipse viewing glasses upon arrival. 


Captain Jim Doyle took passengers on a 6hour cruise from St. Louis to a location on the river between Kimmswick and Herculaneum, and then back to St. Louis. Totality near the turnaround point was two minutes and fifteen seconds. and it happened around 1:18 p.m.

"We should be in a prime spot for everybody to see the eclipse happen," said Capt. Doyle, "Right now the traffic hasn't been bad on the river here. We're making good time."

One passenger, Mark Stacye, celebrated his 63rd birthday on the cruise with family. 

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