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Washington Island Ferry Fleet

There are four ferries that make up the current Washington Island Ferry fleet. Each ferry can carry 149 passengers and 18-22 standard-sized vehicles. The fleet includes the Arni J. Richter, a unique four-season ferry built for the Washington Island Ferry Line in 2003.

Arni J. Richter (Ice Breaker)

  • Official Number
  • 1140323
  • Year Built
  • 2003
  • Builder
  • Bay Ship Building, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Dimensions
  • 104’ x 38’ x 10’
  • Gross Tonnage
  • 92 Tons
  • Propulsion
  • 2 CAT 3508B, 1000 hp each at 1600 rpm
  • Capacity
  • 149 Passengers, 18 Autos
  • Other
  • Ice hull, ice class propeller. Named after long-time ferry line owner, captain and islander, Arni Richter.

Eyrarbakki

  • Official Number
  • 527292
  • Year Built
  • 1970
  • Builder
  • Bay Ship Building, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Dimensions
  • 87’ x 36’ x 8’
  • Gross Tonnage
  • 95.7 Tons
  • Propulsion
  • 2 Cummins NTA 855, 350 hp ea. at 1800 rpm
  • Capacity
  • 149 Passengers, 18 Autos
  • Other
  • Named after a village on the southern coast of Iceland, port of emigration for many Icelanders who came to Washington Island in the late 1800s.

Robert Noble

  • Official Number
  • 606532
  • Year Built
  • 1979
  • Builder
  • Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Dimensions
  • 90’ x 36’ x 8’
  • Gross Tonnage
  • 97 Tons
  • Propulsion
  • 2 CAT C18, 454 hp ea. at 1800 rpm
  • Capacity
  • 149 Passengers, 19 Autos
  • Other
  • Named after a 25-year-old man who survived icy Death’s Door waters in December of 1864. A few years later, Noble became owner and operator of the first ferry in Door County, operating in Sturgeon Bay until a bridge was eventually constructed in 1870.

Washington

  • Official Number
  • 949690
  • Year Built
  • 1989
  • Builder
  • Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Dimensions
  • 100’ x 37’ x 9’
  • Gross Tonnage
  • 82 Tons
  • Propulsion
  • 2 CAT C18, 487 hp ea. at 1800 rpm
  • Capacity
  • 149 Passengers, 21 Autos
  • Other
  • Named for the flagship of a squadron of three U.S. vessels which anchored in the northern island harbor (now Washington Harbor), and later secured a foothold in Green Bay following the War of 1812.