Busy Summer: SSA Reports Ferry Traffic on the Rise

Senior managers at the Steamship Authority confirmed this week what many people already knew: there are substantially more cars and people coming to Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

From Ticket Taker to Top Dog, Wayne Lamson Stayed the Course

Anyone who wants to know about Wayne Lamson quickly runs across the story about how he started with the ferry service as a ticket seller in Woods Hole, during the summers when he attended college.

Longtime SSA General Manager Will Retire

When the Steamship Authority holds its monthly meeting on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday, the retirement of general manager Wayne Lamson will top the news. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Oak Bluffs library.

Steamer History Is Vineyard History

Steamer history is Vineyard history, even now, for the arrival of the air age has not diminished the necessity of boat service.

It is likely that regular boat service between Martha’s Vineyard and the mainland was being operated by the year 1800. This does not mean daily service, however, for in the old times the packets and even the steamboats that followed them, would run on certain days of the week. Sailings were arranged according to the time of year and the needs of traffic.

All Aboard: Islanders Welcome, Tour New Ferry Woods Hole

Cameras in hand, at least 30 people gathered at the Steamship Authority slip Monday afternoon to watch the new ferry Woods Hole dock after its ceremonial maiden voyage.

Orders Read and Watch Set, Ferry Woods Hole Arrives in Vineyard Haven

With festive red, white and blue bunting adorning her decks, the Woods Hole sailed into Vineyard Haven Monday afternoon.

Commissioning Ceremony Monday for Ferry Woods Hole

Monday will be a day of celebration for the Woods Hole, the newest ferry to join the Steamship Authority fleet. The ferry arrived in Woods Hole harbor Monday morning. Commissioning ceremonies begin at noon. The ferry travels to Vineyard Haven in the afternoon for an open house.

Ferry Woods Hole Prepares for Her Martha's Vineyard Debut

The newest member of the Steamship Authority fleet was in Fairhaven Tuesday for a final fitting out. A formal commissioning and maiden voyage to the Vineyard are planned for June 13 — then all aboard.

Ferry Woods Hole Arrives in Massachusetts

The newest Steamship Authority ferry has arrived in Massachusetts waters, docking at the Steamship Authority facility in Fairhaven, just across Buzzards Bay from her future home port.

Full Speed Ahead, Ferry Woods Hole Sets Sail

The brand new Steamship Authority ferry Woods Hole began her maiden voyage, a 2,200 mile trip to Fairhaven, on Tuesday evening at 9:30 p.m.