Rescue Boat Compliance
The Ranger III makes the six-hour journey between Houghton and Isle Royale several times a week during from spring to the fall to transport visitors, park personnel, and supplies. Built in 1957, much of Ranger III’s onboard equipment is original. Until recently, personnel used four open-top lifeboats to rescue passengers and crew or assist during emergencies. Personnel lowered these craft into the water by hand-crank. During an emergency, it took several minutes to launch each lifeboat, which then had to be rowed to the incident location.