The Vineyard Gazette
It happened yesterday. One minute before 11 a.m., the Island boat line was administered by the officers and directors of the Massachusetts Steamship Lines Inc., as constituted for some time past; one minute after 11, the management was in the hands of new officers and directors, the responsibility of the New Bedford, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Authority.
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Only the signature of Governor Furcolo now remains to turn into law the bill setting up a new Steamship Authority with three members, locally appointed, to represent the Vineyard Nantucket, and F
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The Sankaty broke loose around 5 p.m. and drifted into the neighboring Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dock, the Steamship Authority said.

The Steamship Authority board voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve the 2024 schedule, which included the controversial 5:30 a.m. freight boat from Woods Hole.

The Steamship Authority’s 5:30 a.m. summer freight boats are once again the target of unhappy Falmouth residents who say the terminal-bound truck traffic destroys their early-morning tranquility.

The M/V Nantucket had a failure of a reduction gear pressure switch Thursday night, according to Steamship general manager Bob Davis.

The boat line board of governors voted last week to postpone the launch a second time, to September, after agreeing earlier this year to move it from March to May.

Soaring costs for steel, a surge in demand at shipyards, a shortage of skilled labor and the Steamship Authority’s own limitations all played their parts in the boat line’s failure to accurately estimate the cost of converting its new oil field vessels for use as freight ferries.