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If equestrians and carriage riders must eat, snack, and graze, and

truckloads of such ingestibles roll off and back on,

then the same needs must be met for the steeds.

Trailers of ponies come with their own picnic lunch . . .



Pallets of the sustenance roll off.

Ditto the straw.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


Motor vehicles –except two for the police and fire–are not permitted on Mackinac Island;  a RORO named Corsair runs supply trailers to the dock, where all cargo is transshipped onto wagons pulled by horses.

Corsair, that RORO, was built in Rhode Island by Blount in 1955.

Bicycles and horses provide transport on the island.

Horses require that straw and hay are

essential cargoes.

Landing craft are useful around the iIsland as well.

I’m not sure if this LC has a name, but LC-6050 is still legible.

Wooden craft like Maumee Mistress recently participated in the wooden boat show I hope to get up to see one of these years.

Ann Marie Rose is clearly not wood, but I include it here because it’s the fourth time  (4th!!) I’ve seen it since April, when I caught them entering the Harrows.

Elegante was in these same waters two years ago . . .

as seen here (scroll).

All photos by Will Van Dorp.



Here are the previous posts.

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.


Huron is Erie PA built, 1955, and the oldest vessel working for the Arnold fleet.


Joliet dates from 1993.   For many more Michigan ferries, click here.


And to close out today, we’re back at Innisfree, maybe named for the W. B. Yeats poem.   Here Innisfree passes the footprint-gone-wild for the now-dead Spire project.



All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

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