MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Islander Update …


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.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here.


I’ve done two blog posts about the Islander, please click on…The Islander and The Islander Now and Then to read them.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

3 thoughts on “Islander Update …

  1. How sad and undignified. Poor Islander.

  2. Oh Joanie – this just made me ache. I had SO hoped that our lady Islander would again be a happy ferryboat running the itsy-bitsy trip from Manhattan to Governors Island. I am just heartbroken. I hope some brilliant entrepreneur takes advantage of this wastaway and makes her a new ferry boat, perhaps to the Jersey Shore of the Hudson or even to save her from the breakers into a marvelous nightclub. Alas, with our sinking economy I fear our Islander might also sink. I remember her maiden voyage – I think it was around 1950 – my parents and I went down to the shore to wave at all the happy passengers. We, too, very soon were happy passengers on the way to Woods Hole (and we would wave back to happy Vineyard onlookers). Funny, every time we went past West Chop we’d wave even if there was no one waving back – and we’d encourage folks alongside us to, telling them if they always waved there, if we saw them at West Chop, we’d surely wave to them. Ah, the memories. I know time passes, but not the love for things Vineyard.

  3. Pingback: Islander/Ebay Update … « MV Obsession

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s