Peterson To Build Ferry For Washington Island Ferry Line

Capt. Ami Richter, president of the Washington Island Ferry Line, Inc., and Joe Gagnon, vice president and general manager of Peterson Builders, Inc., shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., recently signed a contract for construction of a new 90-foot by 36-foot ferry for service across Death's Door between Gills Rock or Northport and Washington Island. The boat, similar to the ferry line's M/V Eyrarbakki, was designed by R.A. Stearn, Inc., naval architects and marine engineers of Sturgeon Bay. The new boat, however, is somewhat longer than the Eyrarbakki. It will be U.S. Coast Guard certified for transporting 175 passengers and 16 automobiles or the equivalent combination of automobiles, campers, trucks and semitrailers.

Captain Richter noted that the boat will be used to serve the ever-increasing traffic of recreational vehicles, campers and trucks to the Island, and will permit the ferry line to increase their frequency of service during the busy summer months.

Propulsive power will be from two Cummins Model NT-1150M engines with Capitol reverse/reduction gears, all furnished by Cummins-Wisconsin, Inc. The four-blade propellers and Armco "Aquamet-18" propeller shafts are being furnished by Kahlenberg Brothers Inc. of Two Rivers, Wis. Electric power will be furnished by a 10-kw diesel generator set built by the Kohler Company of Kohler, Wis.

Construction has begun, and the boat will be delivered in May 1979, in time for the busy summer season.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 41,  Dec 15, 1978

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