Dan Taylor will be broadcasting live on CBS-FM from the M/V Commander as he sails up the Hudson River and soaks up all of the beauty the Hudson Valley has to offer. Along the way, Dan will be interviewing representatives from each county who will discuss the magnificent scenery, major destinations and more from the area.

But before we get to that, it’s important to know the history behind the vessel CBS-FM will be taking this excursion on; the M/V Commander.

The Motor Vessel was built nearly one hundred years ago in 1917 at the Beele Wallace Shipyard of Morehead City, North Carolina. Initially equipped by a gasoline-powered engine, the M/V Commander served as a ferry between Rockaway and Brooklyn, New York. After filling that role for three months, the gasoline engine was replaced by one of the first marine diesel engines installed in the United States.

In January of 1918, Commander was leased by the US Navy and assigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to outfit submarine chasers and tow barrage balloons to protect the Rockaway Air Station for German Zeppelins during World War I. Returning to her owners in 1919, she began a six-decade career with the Rockaway Boat Line, one of the longest uninterrupted services in excursion boat history in the United States.

The Commander was purchased by Hudson Highlands Cruises and Tours, Inc. in 1981. The company operated her out of the Haverstraw Marina in West Haverstraw, New York and used her as an excursion boat on the Hudson River, taking passengers through the scenic Hudson Highlands to Newburgh Bay and return. Hudson Highlands Cruises, Inc. began operating similar cruises available from Peekskill and West Point in the evening and weekends for private affairs from Haverstraw Marina, Peekskill and West Point.

The M/V Commander also contributes to local education by conducting a “Classroom on the Hudson,” which instructs school children in the environment, history and commercial aspects of the Hudson River, in affiliation with local school organizations.

Get more info and history at CommanderBoat.com.

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