Captain Mary Pat Driscoll
After 11 years in the USCGR, Captain Mary Pat became a 100 ton Master, Merchant Mariner in 1991. She has worked aboard cruise boats on the Erie Canal, Blackstone River & Blackstone Canal in Massachusets and Rhode Island, the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Brush Creek in Kansas City, and New York Harbor. With a passion for the waterways of New York State and an appreciation for its history, Capt. Mary Pat enjoys sharing her love of the Hudson River with the passengers aboard her vessel, the former USCG Buoy Tender, Evening Star.
Captain Paul Egel
Paul first began sailing the Hudson in 2002. He served as ship’s warden and deck officer aboard the square rigged tall ship Half Moon and was crew aboard Ferrysloop’s gaff rigged Whimbrel. He has crewed aboard the gaff rigged topsail sloop Clearwater, and enjoys skippering his 32 foot masthead sloop named Callisto. He joined the Evening Star crew in 2012 and became Captain in 2017.
Captain Sam Lawrence
Samantha joined the crew of the Evening Star in 2017 after graduating from the Marine Tech program at Kingsboro Community College. Passengers enjoy Sam's lively commentary aboard the Evening Star.
She is also an avid year-round sailor.
Captain Austin Haase
Austin is our newest Captain and has spent the past 10 years running boat tours in New York Harbor.
He is also a sailor and has great experience in the maritime industry, having also worked aboard tugboats and fishing vessels.
~ABOUT THE BOAT~
The Evening Star is a former United States Coast Guard Buoy Tender. After being decommissioned it was converted to a 36 passenger tour boat and operated on the Erie Canal for more than 10 years. Since 2011, local residents and visitors to Peekskill have enjoyed the scenery from our canopy-covered open deck. Cruises depart from Peekskill's Riverfront Green Park and we cruise north to enjoy the dramatic beauty and rich history of the Hudson Highlands. Regularly scheduled public cruises, group tours and private charters available. Beer and wine is available on all cruises. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or picnic lunch aboard on any public cruise.
Catering is available for groups or private charters.
Plenty of free parking - or take Metro North train and purchase the special "Getaway Package" http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.htm