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Star Line Mackinac Island ferry service adds pirate ship to fleet

You may notice some new ferry traffic off the shores of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City this summer, including a pirate ship complete with working water cannons. Photo courtesy: Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- You may notice some new ferry traffic off the shores of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City this summer, including a pirate ship complete with working water cannons.

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry, a 39-year-old Michigan ferry boat company that services Mackinac Island from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, has inherited 138 years of Arnold Line tradition and experience with its newly acquired Arnold Line passenger service assets. Just in time for the 2017 season, Star Line has upgraded several of the former Arnold Line passenger service assets they purchased last November.

Most prominent in the purchase are five classic ferries, one freight boat, four docks including the main dock on Mackinac Island, one boatyard, along with parking lots and ticket booths in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

Star Line has also added the Good Fortune, a family-friendly pirate ship which will run excursions from Mackinaw City five times daily during peak season.

In November 2016, Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry purchased the Huron, Chippewa, Ottawa, Straits of Mackinac II, Mackinac Islander, and Algomah from Arnold Line.

"Star Line is looking forward to an exciting season of new ferries, increasing and improving options for our passengers along with the addition of the family-friendly pirate ship Good Fortune," said Jerry Fetty, CEO of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry. "The new mackPASS is another way for us to help our customers create the best Mackinac Island memories."

The mackPASS will offer visitors an easy-to-plan visit to the Island and includes a discounted roundtrip ferry ticket, a 1.5 hour narrated carriage tour, and entrance to the historic Fort Mackinac.


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