After a very long few months of test trials and final preparations, we’re thrilled to announce our new $4M jet ferry will soon be in service among the Shepler’s fleet of passenger motor vessels.  Under cloudy skies on this cool fall Sunday on the Straits, the William Richard officially completed necessary trials by transporting only luggage to and from Mackinac Island on behalf of our Grand Hotel guests.

Later this week, the new girl will make her debut to guests, transporting passengers between Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.  Follow our social channels for more as the William Richard makes her first passenger run, and as plans are made for our official christening, scheduled for Spring of 2021.

It’s been a long, wild ride launching our newest ferry during a global pandemic, but the moment is finally here and we can’t wait for you all to experience to fastest, smoothest, and most efficient ride to Mackinac Island on the Straits.  Cheers to our next chapter and thanks for following along!