The Auriga and Naushon Collide In the Mists of Monday Morning
Tom Dunlop

The SS Naushon collided head-on with the freight boat Auriga in thick fog at 8:55 yesterday morning.

The two Steamship Authority vessels hit one another about one mile east of Nobska lighthouse at Woods Hole. The Coast Guard said that at the time of the collision, seas were calm and the visibility was zero.

Fourteen people were injured, 11 passengers aboard the Naushon and three crew members on the Auriga. All were taken to Falmouth Hospital, but were released later in the day.

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MV Katama Sails a New Look into Vineyard Waters
Vineyard Gazette

Welcome aboard the MV Katama, the latest addition to the Steamship Authority fleet. She is now on line in Vineyard waters. And in the years ahead she will sail with us and we with her on thousands of trips to the mainland and back. The Katama, with a new, more spacious look and lines similar to the MV Auriga freight vessel, is 180 feet long, carries 149 passengers and 32 cars. She comes to the Vineyard from the more placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico where she has sailed since launch in 1981 as an oil exploration vessel.

 

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The Motor Vessel Gay Head Is Unassuming Workhorse Ship
Mike Kolleth

The Steamship Authority’s newest all-purpose vessel, the MV Gay Head, sailed into Vineyard waters early this month with none of the hype or fanfare typical of the arrival of a new passenger vessel.

It has not been christened with its new name and plans to hold an open house on board have been put off. But to the standby passengers it will carry in years to come and to those who sail the vessel, its virtues will not be underestimated.

“A lot of the time these ships go unnoticed but they’re real workhorses,” said Capt. Edward B. Jackson, who currently pilots the Gay Head.

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SSA Puts the Ferry Uncatena up for Sale: Vessel Has Served Islands Since July 1965
Amy Callahan

The vessel Uncatena, the smallest and least celebrated member of the Steamship Authority’s fleet, is slated for sale this summer, pending approval of the board of governors next week.

Barry O. Fuller, general manager of the boat line, yesterday said his staff had already sent out advertisements to local newspapers, and said he hopes the boat can be sold soon after the new vessel Martha’s Vineyard comes on line at the end of this year.

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Sankaty in Service
Vineyard Gazette

The troublesome Sankaty went into service last Friday, March 25, becoming the Steamship Authority’s newest vessel in operation. The Sankaty is running with the Eagle to and from Nantucket.

The Sankaty, a vessel that SSA officials have called an embarrassment, went on line about 10 months late and more than $2 million over budget.

But at least the Nantucket passengers seemed to liker her. “They were delighted,” said Ray Martin of the SSA. “They were all razzle dazzle.”

Mr. Martin said the Sankaty ran without a hitch with Capt. Ed Jackson at the helm.

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MV Governor Joins Great White Fleet
Marcus McGraw

The Steamship Authority’s newest acquisition is now sailing between Woods Hole and the Island. Tuesday morning, Capt. James Corbett and his crew steered the loaded freight boat M/V Governor through Vineyard Sound and into her slip with confidence.

“The Governor is not the queen of the fleet, but she grows on you,” Captain Corbett said, standing at her helm. “She’s come a long way since we first picked it up in New York, and so far she’s worked out very well for us.”

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SSA Invites Comment on Mission Statement
Louisa Hufstader

Steamship Authority managers are coming to Vineyard Haven Oct. 28 to hear comment on the draft mission statement.

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SSA Explains Storm Cancellation Policy
Louisa Hufstader

At a meeting on the Vineyard Tuesday, SSA senior managers found themselves explaining the cancellation policy for ferries after hundreds of travelers were stranded during last week’s storm.

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SSA Takes Up Budget, Rate Hikes at Meeting on the Vineyard
Louisa Hufstader

A 2020 operating budget, fare hikes for the coming year and a preliminary new design for the Woods Hole terminal are expected to be discussed when boat line governors meet on the Vineyard Tuesday.

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SSA Invites Public Comment on 2020 Budget
Louisa Hufstader

Martha’s Vineyard residents with questions about the SSA’s proposed 2020 rate increases can speak directly with top boat line officials on the Island Wednesday at the Oak Bluffs Library

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