All Ashore: Steamship Bookings Are Up

The Island may be busier this summer, if advance reservations on the Steamship Authority are an indication.

Reservations for vehicle passage from Woods Hole to the Vineyard are up 3.5 per cent over last year, and bookings in the other direction are up 4.6 per cent, according to data collected by the Steamship Authority at the end of April.

Coast to Coast for New Freight Boat

The design process for a new Steamship Authority vessel that will replace the freight ferry Governor begins in Seattle with the Elliott Bay Design Group, the same firm that designed the Island Home. Final contract drawings and specifications are expected to be completed by the end of October.

Village Concerns Delay SSA Decision on Woods Hole Terminal

The Steamship Authority this week postponed making a decision on the proposed Woods Hole terminal redesign because of additional questions from village residents. Woods Hole community members thanked the boat line for listening.

Boatline Takes Up New Ferry, Woods Hole Terminal Plan

Cost estimates for a ferry to replace the Governor and a plan to rebuild the Woods Hole terminal top the agenda of the Steamship Authority governors this morning. The monthly board meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Marine Biological Laboratory Candle House in Woods Hole.

Steamship Board Discusses Plans for Terminal Redesign

Final designs for a new Steamship Authority ferry and terminal in Woods Hole are underway. General manager Wayne C. Lamson said the new designs should be ready and presented at next month's board of governors meeting.

Cost a Big Factor in New Freight Ferry, Smaller Design Chosen

The Steamship Authority governors Tuesday voted to go forward with designs for a new freight ferry with a capacity for 384 people.

For almost a year, the SSA has been looking at plans for fleet replacement, beginning with replacing the freight ferry Governor. In August, the board opted in favor of a 235-foot freight vessel similar in size to the ferry Martha’s Vineyard, but asked for price comparisons between a boat with a 384-person capacity and a 512-person capacity.

New Falmouth SSA Governor Joins the Fleet

Catherine Norton was appointed by the Falmouth selectmen in mid-January. She pledges to listen to all the stakeholders in the state-chartered boat line that is the lifeline to the two Islands.

Passenger Ferry Fees Provide Boost to Port Town Budgets

Port town coffers are helped thanks to 50-cent ferry embarkation fee. Money is used for everything from summer traffic cops to harbor dredging and public safety budgets.

Woods Hole Terminal Discussion Stalls; Governor Replacement Planned

Steamship Authority governors will wait for the appointment of a new Falmouth governor before resuming discussion on the Woods Hole terminal reconstruction plans.

Temporary Breakdown on Ferry Martha's Vineyard Disrupts Service

On a busy Thanksgiving weekend of travel, Steamship Authority ferry service was disrupted Friday and Saturday due to mechanical problems on the ferry Martha’s Vineyard.