It was the first fast catamaran ferry service on any of the North American Great Lakes. The larger Spirit of Ontario was scheduled to have initiated a service between Rochester, New York and Toronto, Ontario. But unexpected delays allowed the Lake Express to claim to be the first fast catamaran service.
The Lake Express is built to a design from Austal Enterprises, an Australian firm which has designed or constructed many similar fast catamarans.
A crossing normally takes two and a half hours, and the vessel is scheduled to make three round trips per day, in season.
- "Vessel Specifications", Lake Express Official Web Site, Accessed April 27, 2006