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Book Review: 'Mackinac Island Ferry Boats'

While I love to visit Mackinac Island, I still have to spend more time away from it than I’d like. To help pass the time until my next visit, I like to read books, watch DVD’s and surf the internet in search of anything related to the island. Fortunately, I’ve found a few treasures that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few months here on the blog.

The first item is a book that while promoted as a ‘behind the scenes’ book, is really more of a photo essay of Arnold Transit ferry…


Added by Mike Forrester on May 8, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Arnold Line announces start of 2010 season

Great news for Mackinac Island fans. The 2010 season just got a little closer with today's announcement that Arnold Line will begin service to the island on Monday, March 15th. Intially three roundtrips daily, with perhaps the exception of no Sunday service. The schedule is not on their website as I write this, so there could be some changes from the information I know at present.

Knowing that the ferries are starting is my unofficial signal that spring has arrived and that the island… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on March 11, 2010 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Arnold Line ferry ends service for the season

The big news from the island this morning is that the Arnold Line ferry couldn't make it out of the St. Ignace harbor this morning, thus bringing an end to the 2009 season. Great Lakes Air is now the only connection to the mainland until the ice bridge forms.

Liz, an island resident and blog member has updated her blog, The Quilted Turtle, with some insight on what a shopping trip is… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Postcard of the week

It's been a while since I've posted a 'Postcard of the week' but what better time than the first weekend of the new year? I chose this classic image of the Arnold Line ferries since it will likely not be much longer before ice puts an end to service for the season, which began back in March!

The postcard includes the following caption on the reverse: "The BIG THREE of the Arnold Line fleet of 10 steel ships. They are the largest and safest ships… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 3, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Shepler's Ferry is busy this winter

Shepler's Ferry, one of the three boat companies that serve Mackinac Island, is keeping fans updated with their winter activities on their Facebook page including this recently loaded video shot in November. One of their boats, 'The Hope' is having 17 feet added to it's aft and Capt. Billy Shepler is sharing part of the process. This first video shows the boat being pulled from the water, loaded onto a flatbed trailer and… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on December 30, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments


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Coast Guard on Mackinac Island

Started by Robert Posar. Last reply by Robert Posar Oct 10, 2014. 7 Replies

I was a Coast Guardsman assigned to the Mackinac Island Life Boat Station 1958-1960. The Station is now the Visitors Center. While living on the island for near 2 years, I met many wonderful Islanders, worked for the City, and rode saddle horses for…Continue

Arnold Ferry

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by Mike Forrester May 15, 2014. 2 Replies

I understand Arnold Ferry may not longer be running. It is our tradition to get to and from the island on Arnold!! Anyone have any info? BRING BACK ARNOLD!!

A view of the bridge

Started by Robert Keck May 4, 2014. 0 Replies

This is a webcam that went on line last fall, okay to add?

Grand Hotel entrance fee

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by maxine teachout Apr 6, 2014. 2 Replies

I have read in one place only, that if you enter the hotel grounds from West Bluff or by a horse drawn carriage, there is no entrance fee. Can anyone confirm this?Thanks! TinaContinue

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