Steamships and Ferries

Ferry Katama Remains Out of Service, Sankaty Steps In to Help

The freight ferry Katama remains out of service due to engine failure earlier in the week. The freight ferry Sankaty has been cleared to run in its place starting Thursday with the 8:45 a.m. run from Woods Hole.

Ferry Cancellations Skyrocketed This Year, SSA Report Finds

In the first third of 2018 549 ferries were cancelled because of mechanical problems, more than triple the amount in the last four years combined.

At 780,000 Miles, Ferry Martha's Vineyard Gets a Makeover

Nearly 25 years after the M/V Martha’s Vineyard began her daily seven-mile passages between Woods Hole and the Vineyard, the Steamship Authority ferry is getting a $17.4 million makeover.


Going, Going, Gone Online: Ferry Islander is Sold on Ebay

A farmer and trucker from upstate New York bought the Islander this week for $23,600, placing bid 58 on Ebay Monday for the vessel that ferried Islanders to and from the rest of America for over fifty years.

The auction looked like it might be a humiliating episode with the old girl fetching a starting bid of just $10, with offers crawling to a few thousand in the first days.

But after a flurry of late offers from a total of 19 bidders it finally went to Donald Slovak of Valatie, N.Y.

Final Farewell to Historic Steamer Nobska

Time has finally run out for the Nobska, the last coastal steamer in America and the car and passenger vessel that served the Vineyard between 1925 and 1973. Preliminary work to dismantle the historic vessel began in the Charlestown Navy Yard early this week, and on Wednesday the wrecking ball came down on her upper deck.

Steamship Authority Fast Ferry Clash Erupts in Outburst of Personal Attacks

In a barrage of invective and noisy statements to the press, New Bedford city officials lashed out at the Steamship Authority governors from Falmouth and Nantucket this week for their vote to kill a pilot high-speed ferry project between New Bedford and the Vineyard.

Steamship Authority Will Buy Schamonchi; Deal Opens Door to New Bedford Service

NANTUCKET - Placing a surprise trump card on the table in the testy and complicated match over opening up ferry service from New Bedford, Steamship Authority governors announced yesterday that they will take immediate steps to buy the ferry Schamonchi, a privatepassenger ferry that operates between New Bedford and the Vineyard.

Steamers of 20th Century Bound Island Ever Closer to Mainland

She was, quite simply, enormous.
On those mornings or afternoons when she sailed past her older sister ship, it was possible to stand on the uppermost deck of the new steamship Islander and look down on the roof of the pilothouse of the sidewheeler Uncatena.
Though only 21 years separated the launching of this last sidewheeler from this newest propeller ship, the Uncatena belonged technologically to the middle of the 19th century, the Islander to the latest advances of the 20th.
ferry Martha's Vineyard

New Flagship Martha’s Vineyard Arrives

At last, the namesake ferry of Martha’s Vineyard and the newest addition to the Steamship Authority’s fleet has arrived.
The MV Martha’s Vineyard survived the rough trip up the coast from Florida and sailed magnificently into Vineyard waters this week.
At 2:30 on Monday afternoon, she arrived in Woods Hole. In front of a cheering crowd of SSA employees, Capt. Ed Jackson showed off the boat’s powerful new bow thrusters by performing a quick turnabout before pulling the vessel into the slip.

Bon Voyage to the Steamer Naushon

A chapter in American maritime history will close Tuesday when the last car and passenger-carrying steamboat in North America sails out of Woods Hole harbor.

The retirement of the SS Naushon from the Steamship Authority fleet marks the end of a 170-year era of steam ferry service along the Eastern seaboard.