Miller Boat Line put into effect a revised autumn ferry schedule to Put-in-Bay today. Please see the chart below; it also includes the October-November schedule for Middle Bass Island.
Miller Boat Line’s new ferry, M/V Mary Ann Market, is depicted below through computer-aided graphic design!
The new 140 foot long, 38.5 foot wide ferry will accommodate 26 standard sized vehicles or 600 passengers. It 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. Both islands are popular Lake Erie resorts. 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. Miller Boat Line expects delivery in the fall of 2019.
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 MillerFerry.com.
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 FraserShipyards.com.
1) Yes, it will be a busier than normal week for Miller Boat Line with the “Bash on the Bay” concert on Thursday. This is of course on top of our normal traffic and the regular purveyor trucks delivering to the island for the Holiday weekend.
2) I expect vehicle traffic to be especially busy coming to Put-in-Bay on Tuesday and even more so on Wednesday & Thursday morning. On Thursday, Miller Boat Line will limit the amount of vehicles inbound to the island in order to accommodate passengers who are coming over for the concert.
3) Parking will be at a premium on the mainland, so we strongly suggest car pooling or giving yourself a little extra time when arriving at Catawba.
4) At the conclusion of the concert at 10pm on Thursday evening, Miller Boat Line will have 3 vessels ready to transport passengers returning to the mainland. This will allow us to have a ferry departure approximately every 20 minutes until midnight that evening. The LAST passenger ferry to the mainland will depart at midnight. After that, we begin the task of transporting all vehicles/semis/trucks/law enforcement/food vendors off the island. NO private/personal vehicles will be transported off the island until 6am Friday or until all the concert and associated vehicles are gone.
5) Additional lighting and porta-potties will be located at both Lime Kiln and Catawba docks.
6) There will be a large presence of law enforcement at both docks and surrounding areas to help facilitate vehicle and passenger flow.
7) The best advice I can give everyone is to give yourself a little extra time when traveling. Miller Boat Line crews will be do their best to accommodate everyone in the most timely fashion possible. Plan ahead and pray for good weather! Thank you from all the staff at MBL!
–Captain Billy Market
Miller Boat Line has added an extra hour to the late-summer schedule!
Daily service will run until 8pm from Put-in-Bay, and 8:30 pm from Catawba, 20 August through Labor Day 2018.