Ship Island Excursions Returns

Ship Island Excursions opens for the season this weekend, celebrating 90 years of ferry service.
The Pan-American clipper was one of the ferry service’s first boats, built in 1937 by Captain Louis Skrmetta’s grandfather. After 90 years of transferring tourists from the Port of Gulfport to the clean and clear beaches of Mississippi’s barrier islands, Ship Island Excursions will start up again this Saturday. The first take off is planned for 9 a.m.
Captain Louis Skrmetta tells News 25 the fact that the business has been family-operated since its beginning is what makes their work truly special. “It’s been in our family all these years. We were fishermen, we were shrimpers and oyster men. In the summer time, he would use this boat to transport tourists out to the islands but it is special and it’s hard to believe that in a family business we’re still together, we still get along.”
Ferry tickets are available for purchase online or at the gate. To check the weather for your trip and for more information log onto

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