Miller Boat Line placed the motor vessel Wm. Market in service for this morning’s first run of the 2019 season. A cheerful gathering of passengers, captains, deckhands, and ferry received blessings from Deacon Mike Leahy, Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, and Mother Mary Staley, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, prior to the 8am departure for Catawba Island. Only a few vehicles were outbound.
The morning air was a fresh 34°F with a 10mph wind out of the west-southwest. Captain Eric Engel eased the ferry from the dock and sounded the first whistle blast of the season right on time!
Approaching Catawba Island, all aboard noticed a full load of vehicles awaiting transport to South Bass Island. Also, a fourteen-inch rise of the cement dock became visible. Miller Boat Line had to elevate the loading ramp due to high water levels during 2018 and anticipated levels for 2019.