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A New Ferry Has Started Her Service at Madeline Island

11-Jul-2019

The MV La Pointe, Wisconsin’s Madeline Island Ferry’s newest vessel, was recently dedicated after a two-year journey to the western Lake Superior getaway. It can carry almost 150 passengers and up to 22 cars.

The 102-foot vessel was purchased in 2017 as the B.L. DeBarry, a former State of Texas ferry, which was found in a Chicago shipyard in the preliminary stages of being reconfigured to use as a river cruise boat.

The boat was then remodeled at the Fincantieri Ship Yard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Even though it was in good condition when it was bought, it received a new pilothouse, engines, generators, hydraulic ramps, electronics and more. It is now double-ended, with an engine, propeller and rudder forward on the bow and stern. It received its new name from the town of La Pointe on Madeline Island.

For more information, visit madferry.com/news/mv-la-pointe.

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