BAR HARBOR — When Steve Pagels purchased Miss Lizzie to ferry passengers between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor this season, he brought about something of a family reunion.
The 49-foot wooden vessel was built 50 years ago at the Beal & Bunker boatyard on Great Cranberry Island. The chief builder was Eugene McAllister, the grandfather of Mandy Bracy, who is one of Pagels’ boat captains.
Miss Lizzie has spent the past 48 years shuttling passengers, mail and freight between Stonington and Isle au Haut. Pagels bought her earlier this spring from Isle au Haut Boat Services, which is having a new ferry built.
Pagels, who owns Downeast Windjammer Cruises, has used a number of different boats to provide ferry service across Frenchman Bay over the past 15 years. He said he is particularly excited about having Miss Lizzie.
“With her design and layout and how she has worked all these years, she’s just an ideal boat,” he said. “And I have rarely seen a wooden vessel this age in this condition.”
Miss Lizzie can ferry up to 52 passengers between the Bar Harbor Inn pier and the Schoodic Marine Center in Winter Harbor.