A composite of many actual steamboats that plied America’s
rivers in the 19th century, the 100-foot-long William D.
Evans. was launched in 1986 as a loving tribute to that era’s
most elegant mode of transportation. From the three
hand-crafted wooden masts at her bow, to the twelve ton paddlewheel
at her stern, she recalls in smallest detail a colorful period
of American history typified by graceful living. Skimming
the blue-green waters of Mission Bay, the William D.
Evans presents a magical setting in which to stage a truly
memorable event. Equipped to handle 600 guests, she provides
all the modern amenities while still maintaining an air of
19th century elegance. Everywhere are signs of countless
hours patiently spent attending to the smallest details.
Asian ironwood parquet floors, custom-woven
wool carpets, hand carved mahogany doors,
and delicately etched glass. Everything about her takes you
back to a time of elegant ladies, maverick card players and
rip-roaring entertainment. Stroll the gently curved decks
of teak. Run your hands over the smooth varnished rails.
Ceilings of ornamental-pressed tin glint with highlights
from shimmering hand-crafted lamps. At every-glance,
polished brass gleams a golden glow. An exquisite
masterpiece of stained glass artistry arcs above your head
as 50,000 pieces of European stained glass form a vaulted
skylight 42 feet long and 18 feet wide. Portraying life when
the paddle-boat dominated the waterways, this incredible
achievement is stunning both day and night. By
night the William D. Evans becomes the gem of the bay
with total illumination from stem to stern.
Interior lighting makes her glass glow, while orange-colored “fire” within
the smoke stacks flickers in the night sky. Guests
will find it easy to relax and enjoy your gathering,
with completely stocked bars on both interior decks. In
the Grand Salon (second level), a graceful arc of carved
mahogany, polished brass and mirrors suggests an elegant
salon of the 1800’s. On the first level, the “Boiler
Room Bar” is twenty feet of copper and brass resembling
massive antique boilers. Lights glimmer, gauges
fluctuate and “fire” flickers behind the grates
to recall a day when steamboats were the primary
means of travel. Seating up to 160 diners on each
interior deck, the William D. Evans sets an elegant table
with fine linens, crystal stemware, china settings
flatware to impress any gathering. Below
deck, a fully equipped galley can handle any size event, meaning
an end to onshore catering needs. Full ovens, broilers, range
tops and refrigeration enable us to bring aboard anything
required for an elegant banquet. An elevator between two decks
allows for quick and easy serving. To ensure your event is
a rousing success, the crew aboard the William D. Evans takes
great care to see that each guest receives friendly and impeccable
service. To make any excursion a “total” 19th century
experience, all crew members wear authentic period dress.
While only a little more than half the length of the 200-foot
palaces of a century ago, the William D. Evans’
twin 400-horsepower, turbo-charged diesel
engines provide more than those steam-powered giants
could ever dream of producing. Complementing this power,
a full state-of-the-art communications, navigational and
safety equipment — along with steel hull construction — makers
her one of the safest excursion boats afloat, earning her
U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping Certification.
The William D. Evans. Continuing the American
paddlewheel tradition... Providing an unforgettable
setting for your next event.