The Hack was a Vineyard ferry first both in appearance, as your photo shows, and in type of service, the two port shuttle, which any vessel could perform. In 1947 only the Hack shuttled; all the others did the New Bedford-Nantucket circle dance until 1959, when the Islands got the city dropped, and no more deficits for the SSA!

W.R. Deeble
West Tisbury