100th Anniversary of Miller Boat Line is Catalyst for Celebration of Lake Erie Islands

Ohio Islands Celebrate Important Historical Milestone

PUT-IN-BAY and SOUTH BASS ISLAND, Ohio, June 1 /PRNewswire/ — The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the Miller Boat Line on Lake Erie – an important milestone for the region on the northern shores of Ohio. What began as a humble fishing charter and ice-harvesting business, Miller Boat Line has evolved into a ferry line for passengers, cars and freight, as well as a way of life for island residents and neighbors.

Today, Miller Boat Line is the primary artery connecting mainland Ohio to two of the Lake Erie Islands, South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) and Middle Bass Island. Travelers seeking an authentic glimpse into island living often choose Miller Boat Line, which carries crucial cargo – as well as passengers – from Catawba dock to the islands. But tourism is only one facet of the boat line’s role in the economic development and history of Lake Erie. From operating water taxis and fishing charters to delivering daily mail service and fuel, Miller Boat Line has served the region and touched many lives over the past century.

Miller Boat Line will celebrate its centennial with a public Open House on Saturday, June 11, 2005, from 1 – 4 p.m. The open house will be held at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club and Miller Ferry office (536 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio).

“The centennial celebration will be a reunion of friends and neighbors who love the Lake Erie Island area,” according to boat line owner William E. (Bill) Market. “The event is a celebration of Miller Boat Line and a unique opportunity to learn about the region through camaraderie and storytelling.”

The open house will be attended by island residents, local officials, business owners, and honored past and present employees. Miller Boat Line will share the history of this family-owned company through stunning historical photographs, memorabilia, a newly released art work and a historic video. Additional Lake Erie organizations have been invited to participate. More information is available at (800) 500-2421 or www.millerferry.com.

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