"We pretty much have events booked through October and November," Beers, a Baltimore County native, said.
He has no connection to the Lantern Queen, which hosted events for 18 years before its owners decided to shut down.
"This was originally dubbed the Annabel Lee in 1988. It came out of Louisiana," Beers said, pointing out a plaque inside the ship identifying it as Annabel Lee built by Service Marine Industries Inc. in Morgan City, La.
"It's powered by twin Detroits [engines], so the paddle wheel is actually for decoration but it does work, thanks to Chris Scarlato, the owner of Havre de Grace Marina, and myself," Beers said. "We spent several days replacing steel and wood so that it could be functional again when the boat arrived in Havre de Grace. Our power plants (generators) are 200 kilowatt Detroits."
Beers explained his friend Damion Stewart was also a captain on the paddle boat – Stewart works at Baltimore's Moran Tug – and "got me interested in the dinner boat business."