After reading this article in the MV Times about the sad final resting place of the Islander I felt I had to once again post about this much beloved ferry.
It was said she was going to be dismantled for scrap metal, and she was, but I’d rather remember her as a beautiful tub of a ferry
Even though not sleek or graceful, for 57 years the Islander brought her own special beauty to the waters surrounding the Vineyard. The Islander will continue to exist through paintings, photographs and in the memories of those who loved her. There was just “something” about her.
Early morning …
A couple of years ago I found a little picture booklet from Martha’s Vineyard and in it was a picture and information about the Islander.
it said : “Ferry Islander, of the Steamship Authority fleet serving Martha’s Vineyard with frequent and dependable schedules the year round. The Islander carries 50 autos and 700 passengers and has the most modern equipment including two-way radio phone and radar.”
Below is picture of Islander in 1998.
I see a few changes in the Islander…there are a lot more antenna’s and it looks like there used to be a door on the side near the front.
Farewell to the Islander… thanks for the many memories.
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