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Washington Island welcomes Madonna, new year-round ferry

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STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding announced on Monday that it is delivering a new year-round ferry for the Washington Island community.

According to Fincantieri, they have partnered with Washington Island Ferry Line to offer a year-round passenger and vehicle ferry across the Death’s Door Passage for residents.

The company said the ferry will be named Madonna and will have a capacity level of up to 150 passengers and 28 vehicles.

Fincantieri shared that of the four vessels in the Washington Island Ferry Fleet, the Madonna will be the largest and will allow crews to operate a second ferry with year-round capabilities.

Washington Island Ferry Line President Hoyt Purinton said, “We are very happy to have our latest ferry, completed in less than one year, ready to sail this summer within our fleet.”

Purington continued, “The work that was completed within our Door County community has impressed us; and we are happy with our continued partnership with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. We look forward to operating the Madonna between the tip of the Door Peninsula and Washington Island’s Detroit Harbor for many years to come.”

The company added that some features the 124-foot ferry will have include ice-breaking capabilities, outdoor/upper deck seating, indoor climate-controlled cabins, and restrooms on two decks.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse said, “The work done on the new ferry has exemplified our quality and standards, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Our workforce was able to stay on schedule for an on-time delivery, which is commendable during this challenging time.”

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