As the trail of canceled trips and lost vacation money continued to grow over the last month, shuttered river cruise reseller Tom Harper River Journeys filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 5 in Massachusetts, folding and liquidating all assets.

The filing was entered by Tom Harper Cruises LLC, the company under which Newton, Mass.-based Tom Harper River Journeys operated. It states that the company’s estimated assets ranged from between $500,000 and $1 million and that its estimated liabilities were between $1 million and $10 million.

The filing also states that there will be no funds available to distribute to uninsured creditors.

It is signed by Bret Gordon, CEO of Tom Harper Cruises. Gordon’s attorney is Harold Murphy of Boston-based Murphy & King.

Travel agents and clients that had booked trips with Tom Harper River Journeys had been waiting for official word on what happened to the company and whether there would be any recourse for their lost trips and the money they paid to Tom Harper.

The Tom Harper River Journeys website recently shut down.  

Tom Harper River Journeys was founded by Gordon in 2013 as a company that sold river cruise inventory on ships throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, including on vessels owned by Haimark Travel, CroisiEurope and the Zambezi Queen.


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