A river tradition in years past, the Briarcliff Manor/Scarborough Historical Society is renewing its popular fall cruise up the Hudson. At 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 9th, the M/V Commander – the last operating vessel to serve the U.S. Navy in WWI – will leave Peekskill’s Riverfront Green on a round trip to Cold Spring.
Scott Craven, well-known Hudson historian and river life chronicler, will provide commentary cruising past Bear Mountain Bridge, Anthony’s Nose, Fort Montgomery, Boscobel, Constitution Island, Garrison, West Point, World’s End, Breakneck Ridge and Cold Spring.
Scott’s knowledge of lower Hudson lore (ie: Bear Mt. Bridge was the world’s first suspension bridge) will add a unique element to this outing. Another plus will be the glory of fall foliage, usually at its most resplendent here in the second and third weeks of October.
Soft drinks and snacks will be provided and passengers may also bring food or buy it on board. Cash bar will be provided, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Though there are indoor and outdoor decks, a sweater or light jacket may make sense with river breezes. The Commander will depart at 3:00 pm rain or shine.
Special rates for early reservations are $40 for Historical Society members and $45 for other passengers who send checks (BMSHS, Box 11, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510) postmarked by October 5th. Rates are $5 higher per person at the pier.
Reserve by calling 914-941-4393. Directions to the pier are also available. Cruise capacity is 101, so the Historical Society advises quick action.
Caption: The M/V COMMANDER awaits passengers for the 2009 BMSHS Hudson Cruise at its slip on Peekskill’s Riverfront Green