Ship Island

Ship Island reopens following Hurricane Zeta cleanup

Gulf Islands National Seashore has completed storm damage assessments and all facilities (dock, pier, boardwalk, restrooms, pavilions, snack bar, and Fort Massachusetts) on Ship Island remain closed due to extensive damage. The island reopened at 8 a.m. Monday, March 1,…

Storms impact Ship Island Excursions

After many challenges this year, Ship Island Excursions is dealing with another one in the wake of Hurricane Sally. 2020 has once again provided a big hurdle for Ship Island Excursions. Captain Louis Skrmetta said, "I've been doing this for…

Ship Island opens after repairs to pier

Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today that Ship Island is officially reopened after being closed since June 5th due to Tropical Storm Cristobal. During the storm, the island’s ferry pier was damaged, causing all ferry service to Ship Island to…

Ship Island Excursions opens Saturday

It might not be summer yet, but you can pretend this weekend while setting sail to Ship Island! Ship Island Excursions is back for the season. Starting Saturday, you will be able to cruise over to Ship Island and spend…

Funds Squared Away for Restoration on Ship Island

Federal funds have been landed to continue restoration work on Ship Island. US senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has just announced that more than $56 million dollars has been allocated to carry out phases three and four of the Barrier Island restoration…

Hattiesburg teenager drowns near Ship Island

A tragic day on the water this weekend after a seventeen-year-old Hattiesburg boy drowned in the Mississippi Sound. It happened early Saturday afternoon after the teenager, Carson Hall, jumped off the boat he was on, landing stomach first in the…

Ship Island unaffected by algae bloom

With the number of beach closures now up to 12 due to the algae bloom, many residents and visitors are looking for something safe to do. While some beaches are affected by the blue-green harmful algal bloom, some Coast attractions…

Ship Island Excursions returns to Biloxi

Ship Island Excursions is finally back where everything began: in Biloxi. The Ship Island boat will officially begin services tomorrow. It was the sound of history returning to Biloxi as Ship Island Excursions left from the Mississippi Sound from the…

Body of Missing Boater Found

The search has ended for missing boater, Kevin Anderson. His body was located this morning by DMR officials. He was last seen Monday afternoon before he launched at Ken Combs Pier and headed out into the water. His boat washed…

Ship Island Service to Return to Biloxi

A Ship Island ferry service is on its way to Biloxi. All it needs is a signature to start construction. A new Ship Island pier will be built in East Biloxi. The first step for it to become a reality…

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…