In 2007, Plaunt Transportation Company, Inc. celebrated 75 years of service to Bois Blanc Island.
Charles Plaunt began service with the
Margaret in 1932 transporting supplies, mail and 8 passengers. The Adventure
was put into service in 1934, carrying up to 20 passengers. In 1937, the Adventure was replaced by the Ada M,
which was named for Charles' wife.
Plaunt took over the business from his father in 1948. In 1954, Ray had the Char-Leann II built in Holland, MI.
The boat, named for his daughters, could carry 28 passengers or 1 vehicle and 6 passengers. To accommodate the
changing needs of the island, a barge was used to carry additional vehicles and equipment.
The Company incorporated in 1979, and put into service the
Chee-Maun-Nes, which carried 2 vehicles and 49
Ray's son, Curt,
bought the business from his father in 1987. Curt had a boat designed and built
in Warren, RI
in 1987. He named it the Kristen D after his daughter. The Kristen D could carry 8 vehicles and 49 passengers.
In 1998, the Kristen D was lengthened by 30 feet in Escanaba, MI making it easier to carry heavy equipment, semi,
cement and garbage trucks or up to 17 vehicles and 149 passengers.
Ray's grandsons, Ryan McLaren and Jason Plaunt, are both forth generation licensed boat captains.
The entire staff at Plaunt Transportation takes pride in
dependability and safety, and looks forward to providing
service to Bois Blanc Island for generations to come.
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