Put-in-Bay & Lake Erie Islands Cruise Aboard Vintage Tugboat

June 23, 2011

An Ohio island journey becomes a fresh lake adventure, Put-in-Bay Cruises announce new Put-in-Bay and Lake Erie Island harbor and sunset cruises aboard a historic 38 foot tugboat, the Restless. Take the helm, or sit back and enjoy a sunset and islands of western Lake Erie.

With a home port at Miller Marina, 535 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay harbor, the 1938 tug Restless gives a relaxing one and a half hour tour of the bay, along the cottage-lined west shore of South Bass Island, and past Middle Bass Island, home of Lonz Winery. The fare is $65 per person, with a two person minimum, for up to six passengers. Light snacks, soda, water and ice are provided. Reservations and more information can be found by calling 419-285-5902 or visit the website www.putinbaycruises.com.

Owner Scott Market, year round resident of Put-in-Bay, hails from a long history of operating boats on the waters of Lake Erie. In 1978 Market’s parents Bill and Mary Ann Market bought Miller Boat Line, a passenger and vehicle ferry service that operates on Lake Erie between Catawba and Put-in-Bay/South Bass and Middle Bass Island, Ohio. A fifth generation islander, he owns the boat line along with brother Bill Market and sister Julene Market, holds a 100 ton Great Lakes Captain license, and owns and operates the Miller Marina, Put-in-Bay.

The tugboat Restless was launched in 1938 by the Palmer Johnson Shipbuilding Company of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, when the Army Corps of Engineers sought a prototype work tug. In hopes of landing a contract to build these tugs, Palmer Johnson built a 38′ 2″ tug with a 12′ 3″ beam that drew 5′ of water. However, the Corp pursued a different design, leaving the tug without a home. She was taken back to the shipyard where a For Sale sign was displayed in her wheelhouse. A gentleman from Milwaukee bought the tug and added an aft cabin, head and sleeping quarters. A collector of Great Lakes marine artifacts, he also installed an 1800’s binnacle, a brass steering helm, and portholes and beveled glass windows salvaged from a Great Lakes freighter. The vessel passed into the hands of Roland Schultz, of Traverse City, Michigan, who further restored the tug and named her Restless. Market found the vessel up for sale, drove from Put-in-Bay to Traverse City and immediately knew she would be perfect fit on the island of Put-in-Bay.

For more information please contact:

Put-in-Bay Cruises – Put-in-Bay, Ohio
Scott Market 419-304-2056

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