As the venerable Arnold Line ferry service to and from Mackinac Island goes out of business, Star Line
has announced they'll be acquiring much of Arnold's assets, including the Huron, the only year-round passenger ferry serving island residents.
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry will purchase five classic ferries, one freight boat, four docks including the main Arnold dock on Mackinac Island, a boatyard, and parking lots and ticket booths in both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
This is the last season for passenger service from Arnold, but Star Line will uphold the winter passenger service agreement for the Huron, with the first transition coming on the year-round ferry, which will remain at its current docks.
Financial details of the purchase were not announced. Star Line has been operating since 1978 and is known for its high-speed catamaran-style boats.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry