Passenger & Vehicle Service to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island, Ohio

New Miller Boat Line Ferry
Mary Ann Market

  • Length 140 feet, 38.5 feet wide, draft 7 feet.
  • The Mary Ann Market will be the fifth and largest vessel in the Miller Ferry fleet. Capacity up to 600 passengers/approximately 28 vehicles.
  • This drive on/drive off passenger/vehicle ferry is under construction at Fraser Shipyard, Superior, WI and designed by naval architects Elliot Bay, Seattle, WA. Delivery season 2021.
  • The Mary Ann Market is named in honor of family owned company matriarch (1935-2010).
  • Enhancements for efficiency, safety and comfort include:
    • Lower deck passenger cabin, wheelchair accessible.
    • Larger upper deck passenger cabin, restroom, temperature controlled,
      forward facing and side windows for broader lake vistas.
    • Additional upper deck passenger seats in cabin and deck.
    • Broader stairway.
    • 3x Caterpillar C-18s, Tier 3 EPA emissions, 803 HP each, total 2409 HP.
  • Home port is Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), Ohio. Journey home and ETA to be announced via social media. Suggestion: Download Marine Traffic app to track her AIS (Automated Identification System).
  • Captain Jake Market and Captain David Bianchi new vessel project managers.
  • If you would like additional story ideas or customized media visits please contact Katrina Reed, Katrina@MillerFerry.com.

Mary Ann Market images from Fraser Shipyard in Superior, WI.
Photo credit: David Schauer of Duluth, MN.

Miller Boat Line
Ferries to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island, Ohio
MillerFerry.com
800-500-2421

Contacts:

Jacob Market, VP Resources 440-781-7391
jake@millerferry.com
Billy Market, President/Co-Owner 419-304-2057
b_market4@yahoo.com

September 19, 2018
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE….

Miller Boat Line Announces
New Ferry Construction and Vessel Name

New Lake Erie Island Ferry to Honor Family Matriarch Mary Ann Market

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, and also 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. Put-in-Bay, Ohio information can also be found at VisitPutinBay.com and ShoresandIslands.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 or contact Matt James 715-394-7787 ext 156.

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