Month: September 2019

9/27/19: The William Richard Takes Shape at Moran Iron Works

September 27, 2019: Progressive and exciting news from Onaway via our Fleet Captain Billy Shepler.   "Frames are rapidly being shored up together both forward and aft giving the motor vessel a more defined shape.  The capable crew at Moran Iron Works has also begun preparing to support the engine room, a step in the…

9/26/19: Announcing the William Richard, All Aboard in 2020

Earlier this month, it was with great excitement that we announced our latest fleet addition will be named the William Richard, in honor of our chairman, dad, grandfather, captain, teacher, coach, and mentor – William (Bill) Richard Shepler, son of our founder Captain William Henry Shepler.   The patriarch of the Shepler family, Bill was…

09/18/19: Special Departures Added for 2019 GOP Conference

As the official ferry provider of the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, we’re pleased to announce the following schedule of special departures for this weekend’s event.   Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 11:30 p.m. Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island 12:00am Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City   Our Mackinaw City ticket office will be staffed…

09/13/19: First Look at #SheplersNewRide

Our first look at #SheplersNewRide, under construction at Moran Iron Works in Onaway.  Progress via our fleet captain, Billy Shepler:   "The overhang for the jets on the aft deck is complete where the HamiltonJets aqua jets will be protected.  The skeleton of our jet room is well underway as we prepare for the delivery…

09/10/19: Ferry Naming Announcement Planned for September 17

We’re thrilled to have a date and time set for the naming of our latest motor vessel.   Our chairman Bill Shepler, alongside children and partners Chris, Billy, and Patty, will unveil the name of our latest fleet addition on Tuesday, September 17 at 1pm. The announcement will be made on the Mackinaw City dock…