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The 1980 Innisfree works the Chicago River, but it has New England roots.
The rest of the boats in this post work in the waters around Mackinac Island. Anna May is Wisconsin-built, 1947.
Felicity is a Shepler’s Ferry boats. For a history of the business, click here.
Straits of Mackinac II is a 1969 Blount product. The Arnold family has been in the ferry business here since 1878.
LaSalle dates from 1983.
Joliet dates from 1993. For many more Michigan ferries, click here.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
We had a long transit from Detroit to Mackinac, so here are a lot of photos, starting with Federal Kumano and Ambassador Bridge in the distance;
passing steel operations,
and the mailboat Westcott.
Near central Detroit a pilot boards Federal Kumano from Huron Maid.
Entering Lake St. Clair, we pass Philip R. Clarke,
followed by Lubie in China township,
Radcliffe R. Latimer,
Great Lakes Maritime Center,
and as we headed unbound into Lake Huron, we passed Arthur M. Anderson . . . the last vessel in contact with the Fitzgerald before she was taken by Superior.
This was sunrise nearing the end of this leg, and in the night and distractions, I missed Alpena.
This post closes with Buffalo, as she leaves the Mackinac Bridge behind her.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.