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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On Thursday April 20 we took the 1:15 p.m. Island Home from Woods Hole to the Vineyard. There was no luggage cart.

From the April 24, 1981 edition of the Vineyard Gazette: For 33 years the SS Martha’s Vineyard carried people and cars across Nantucket Sound.

Four experienced Steamship Authority deck officers — licensed mariners responsible for safety and navigation aboard ferries — will not be reporting for duty this spring, potentially affecting the summer operating schedule.

Alabama Shipyard, LLC of Mobile, Ala. has won the contract to convert two former offshore service vessels into freight ferries, following a unanimous vote by the boat line board of governors Friday afternoon.

It's been five years since independent consultants at HMS in Seattle, Wash. issued their detailed management study of the Steamship Authority following an unprecedented series of breakdowns on ferries.

The Steamship Authority board of governors is expected to vote Thursday on a shipyard contract to convert two of the boat line’s three recently-purchased service vessels into freight boats.