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Angel Island Tiburon Ferry's Captain Maggie keeps McDonogh family mission alive 55 years later

Captain Maggie McDonogh with her family Marin Magazine 2013 Editor's Choice Awards event

Captain Maggie McDonogh with her family

The ongoing story of how U.S.C.G. Certified Captain Maggie McDonogh and her family lineage have shaped San Francisco Bay history reads like an “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” novel.   You see, it was over a half a century ago when Captain Maggie’s father Captain Milton McDonogh founded the public ferry passage from his Tiburon dock to Angel Island State Park’s Ayala Cove when the military made its final departure from Angel Island.   This milestone in Angel Island State park history was responsible for the transition that took place allowing the rest of the island to become public parkland under the California State Park system.

Today, Angel Island State Park still possesses all the magic and wonderment it did back in 1959 when Ayala Cove first opened up its arms to the public with the passion and undying support of 3rd generation Tiburon sailor Captain Milton McDonogh, son of Samuel McDonogh II, who established what is today a true piece of California”living history” ~ the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.

Prior to launching Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, which provides dedicated ferry service to Angel Island State Park via the McDonogh family’s Tiburon, Calif. dock, the McDonogh family duo – an a tour and charter boat service on San Francisco Bay.

“It really is a family affair,” offers McDonogh, adding, “My fiancé Skipper William Bryerton runs the boats along with me, and my 19 year old son Sam is a deck hand and actively pursuing his 100 Ton Captain’s license so he can also get behind the wheel.  Our daughter and younger son are alsoon-board to help out when ever they can…so I guess you can say this ferry boat business is really in our blood.”

Fast forward to 2014, Margaret McDonogh, AKA:  “Captain Maggie,” daughter of the late Milton McDonogh is following in her family’s seafaring footsteps as the owner and 4th generation Captain of the McDonogh family on San Francisco Bay.  As Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Co. President & Chairman of the Board, Captain Maggie McDonogh manages the day-to-day activities for what is now the last remaining family owned & operated ferry service in California.

In the community, Captain Maggie can be found playing “Ferry Godmother” to groups of gifted and at-risk children by providing them with ferry rides and an outdoor experience of a lifetime. The role of captain also means being prepared for anything, from transporting firefighters and island personnel as needed, to saving the lives of troubled boaters on San Francisco Bay.  Community involvement plays an important role in Angel Island Ferry’s mission to serve the public, and give back.  To this end, Captain Maggie McDonogh and Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Co. are recipients of The American Red Cross Lifesaving Hero Organization Award, and Bank of Marin’s 2012 Business of the Year.  A true humanitarian, Captain Maggie is involved with many charitable organizations, and is noted as an esteemed North Bay Business Journal Woman of The Year.

Media and journalists on a deadline please contact Angel Island Tiburon Ferry’s media relations @ 415.209.0722.

In addition to providing entertaining sunset cruises and private charters on San Francisco Bay, Captain Maggie McDonogh and her expert crew are dedicated to providing the public with daily, round-trip ferry service to Angel Island State Park via the San Francisco Bay out of Tiburon, CA.  The scenic 10-minute ferry ride from Tiburon to Angel Island State Park offers riders some of the best sights on San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline.

Get to know the family.  Visit AngelIslandFerry.com to explore all the fun things you can do on San Francisco Bay…and take a ride with us!

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