An article in today’s Vineyard Gazette isn’t good news for the beloved ferry, the Islander. The Islander was retired in March of 2007 and since that time has sat idle in New York harbor. She was supposed to travel back and forth between Governor’s Island and Lower Manhattan. But now some issues have arisen and the Islander will supposedly be put up on Ebay in a week or so. If indeed this true it is an unfitting end for the Islander and sad for those who loved her. The article starts out saying:
“Failboat: Islander Is No Longer Seaworthy, Course Set for eBay
Less than two years after her final Vineyard voyage, the once-beloved ferry Islander is floating unwanted off Governors Island, N.Y. waiting to be auctioned off on eBay like so much attic junk.
She is scheduled to appear on the shopping and auction Web site on the morning before Valentine’s Day. There is no reserve bid.
It was supposed to be a new lease on life for the old girl. When the board of Governors Island stepped into buy the ferry in 2007, some dignified sunset years looked in store for the 57 year-old vessel, plying the few hundred yards of calm Hudson waters between Lower Manhattan and the tiny New York bay island.
But she never even made a single journey.”
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