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 ferry line announced Wednesday that it was changing the rules for the “blue line” standby on the Vineyard route, moving from a hard cap of 15 vehicles a day to a new rolling 12-vehicle cap.

At an August 16, 2022 meeting, the Steamship Authority’s five members by unanimous vote authorized general manager/chief executive officer Robert Davis to make an expenditure of $11,275,000 for the purchase of two used oilfield support ships.

Keith Maxwell filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Steamship Authority on June 9, saying he fractured his right fibula due to the unseaworthiness of the M/V Nantucket.

A Steamship Authority ferry on the Nantucket route was sidelined for a few hours Monday after crew members found smoke coming from its bow thruster compartment.

Two Steamship Authority ferries, the M/V Governor and M/V Iyanough, will continue to run on shortened schedules as the summer season begins, general manager Robert Davis said this week.

As the Steamship Authority embarks on its first strategic plan, the ferry line is seeking comment from the public.