Miller Boat Line Announces New Ferry Construction and Vessel Name to Honor Family Matriarch

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Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio  Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, Ohio, has contracted with Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, to build a new drive-on, drive-off passenger/vehicle ferry for delivery in fall 2019. The new ferry will be delivered from Lake Superior to Lake Erie and her new home port of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The vessel will be christened Mary Ann Market in honor of the family matriarch and the company’s late owner (1935-2010).

The new 140 foot long, 38.5 foot wide ferry will accommodate 26 standard sized vehicles or 600 passengers and will join Miller’s present fleet of four passenger/vehicle ferries. Miller Ferries operate between the peninsula of Catawba to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and also to Middle Bass Island, Ohio; two of Ohio’s popular Lake Erie resort islands.  The M/V (Motor Vessel) Mary Ann Market will feature enhanced propulsion and maneuverability, a main deck ADA accessible passenger cabin and restroom, and a 20% increase in cargo capacity over Miller’s largest vessel.

The vessel will be built in modules and assembled at Fraser Shipyards beginning fall 2018 and throughout 2019.  Miller Boat Line President Billy Market states, “We chose Fraser due to their enduring high quality, integrity, value, and with consideration of recommendations from industry professionals, including marine surveyors, lake captains, and engineers.”

About Miller Boat Line

The Miller Boat Livery was founded in 1905 in the island harbor of Put-in-Bay as a water taxi, fishing charter and ice harvesting company. The company evolved under owners Lee and Mary Miller during the late 1940’s, ’50’s and ’60’s into a ferry boat line with a fleet of four passenger/vehicle ferries.  William E. Market (Bill) and his wife Mary Ann, of Put-in-Bay, purchased the Miller Boat Line in 1978 from Mary Miller.  The Markets chose to keep the name “Miller” in honor of the founding family. Bill Market oversaw the construction of four new ferries; the M/V Islander (built 1983), M/V South Bass (built 1989), M/V William Market (built 1993), and M/V Put-in-Bay (built 1997, lengthened 2010). These newer, larger vessels were designed to accommodate more passengers, carry longer and taller construction-type vehicles, as well as increased speed to maintain a more frequent trip schedule. During the 1980’s and ’90’s the older vessels were sold to other Great Lakes ferry companies.

Today Miller Boat Line is owned and operated by Bill and Mary Ann’s children, Julene Market, Billy Market and Scott Market.  Billy and Scott Market’s children work within the company. The family states, “We look forward to welcoming the new M/V Mary Ann Market; it will be a proud and nostalgic moment to see her operate alongside the other island ferries.”

More company history, ferry, and island information can be found at

About Fraser Shipyards

From dry docking to making floating repairs around Lake Superior, Fraser Shipyards has built and repaired vessels for nearly 120 years. Fraser Shipyards, Superior, Wisconsin, is the last major, independent shipyard on the American side of the Great Lakes. A 60 acre facility provides building and repair berths, a joiner shop and mold loft, machine and fabricating shops, two dry docks, lay-up and fit-out berths.  For more Fraser Shipyard information see

Put-in-Bay Road Races Honor Sports Car Racing Tradition

Put in Bay Road RacesPut-in-Bay Road Races begin the celebration of the 10th annual event on Monday, 24 September 2018.  This spectacular round of racing, organized by the Put-in-Bay Road Race Heritage Society, offers two days of racing for pre-1973 production cars up to 3.0L, sports racers up to 1.5L, plus vintage Formula Vee, F-Jr, and F-Ford on a challenging airport circuit.
Put in Bay Road Races
PIBRR celebrates sixty years of Austin Healey Bugeye Sprites and seventy years of Porsche with a low-key event at Put-in-Bay on Ohio’s South Bass Island.  Sports cars raced the island streets in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Entry options included racing and non-racing vintage sports cars plus a “Great Lakes Vintage Challenge” for D-H production cars entering both the 2018 Waterford Hills Vintage Race and Put-in-Bay event.  Plus original course touring, special social events, car show, rocker cover races, and guest stories.  Past entrants say there is more guaranteed enjoyment than any other vintage racing event.

Put in Bay Road Races

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Put in Bay sports car racesPur in Bay Road Racing

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Announces Events

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyGreen Week 2019 Planning

For any board members or LEIC members who would like to participate in a planning meeting for Island Green Week 2019, Jackie Taylor has organized a meeting for September 20 at 6:00pm at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. It is a great week of events.  LEIC looks for additional volunteers to make it happen again!

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Annual Meeting/Party is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:00 pm at Heineman’s  Winery.

Join LEIC for a celebration of another successful year of land preservation on the Lake Erie Islands! We will provide grill food, wine, and cheese. Bring a dish to share. Please RSVP by text or phone 419-366-2087, or send email to leiconservancy”at”

Mixed Weather Approaching Bass Islands

The Bass Islands appear to be in store for changeable weather–again!  The National Weather Service, Cleveland, Ohio, breaks it down below.

Kelleys Island

Monday sunrise looking past Kelleys Island

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
702 AM EDT Mon Sep 17 2018

No changes to the forecast at this time... Early radar returns
over central Ohio, which should indicate rain, are actually
areas of drizzle at best. 

The center of Tropical Depression Florence was located over
western North Carolina this morning and is continuing a slow
movement north towards our forecast area.This area of rain will
move into the area today with a sharp westward cut off over the
forecast area.  Areas west of I-71 will be lucky
to get a couple hundredths.

Temperatures will be slight cooler on  Wednesday behind the wind shift.
A pressure gradient between a surface high to the east and a cold front
moving through the Midwest on Thursday will cause southwesterly winds
to become gusty Thursday afternoon. Wind gusts could be up to 25 to 30 mph.

The upper level ridge will reposition across the Mid-Atlantic Region
by the end of the week with the westerlies becoming more active
across the Great Lakes Region for the end of the week. A cold front
will move into the region on Friday with widespread showers and
storms. A Canadian High will move into the region over the weekend
with drier and cooler weather. Northerly to northeasterly winds will
be breezy on Saturday especially over open bodies of water.

Pumpkins, Gourds, and Squash–Oh My!

PumpkinsPumpkins, gourds, and squash of many shapes, sizes and colors are for sale on Mitchell Road.  Stop at the old pony barn for your fall decorating items!Pumpkins

Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CD, a nationally recognized healthy-living expert, writes, Fall Decorating“Nothing says fall like the Cucurbitaceae family! No, they’re not actually a family that only comes out in the fall. The cucurbitaceae family is the latin name for gourds, squash and pumpkins, which most of us lump into one big category of bumpy, viney, hard to hack into, often ugly, mostly appealing ground growing things that grow in the . . . fall!”