Keel laying at Sturgeon Bay
Bay Shipbuilding Company, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, recently laid the keel the all-seasons ferry ARNI J. RICHTER.
The 104 ft x 37 ft x 11 ft vehicle and passenger ferry is being built for Washington Island Ferry Line, Inc., Washington Island, Wisconsin and will carry 20 vehicles and 200 passengers.
Designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design, Inc., also of Sturgeon Bay, the hull is reinforced in the bow and stern for ice breaking over the 4.5 nm Lake Michigan route.
Passenger accommodation spaces and ship's systems are designed for winter and summer use.
A pair of Caterpillar 3508B engines coupled to Twin Disc 540 marine gears will provide 2000 hp at 1600 rpm. Shafts and stainless propellers are being furnished by Kahlenberg Bros. Northern Lights generators of 40 kW and 65 kW will supply ship's power.
Named for company founder and long-time ferry operator Arni Richter, the new ferry is expected to be launched in mid-Apriil and delivered to Washington Island Ferry Line for service by May 1, 2003.