Remembering the Ferry Islander

Sleek? Graceful? Who needs it? (And does anyone think the Island Home is either?) She was sturdy, stolid, and reliable. I still think of her as the Dyke of the Fleet. My people. Ken Vincent did a painting of a crew member standing near one of the doors on the top deck. It was night and the light was eerie and wonderful. I’m pretty sure I saw it at an Islander celebration at the Granary Gallery. I still wish I’d had the money to buy it.

MV Obsession

February 2007, exactly 10 years ago was the last time I sailed on the Islander..


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.

Early morning …


The beloved ferry the Islander plied the waters between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard  for 57  years before retiring in the winter of 2007.   There was just something about this tub of a boat that endeared her to all who sailed on her…  she wasn’t a great beauty but she had a regalness about her.

Her blue plastic outdoor seats  certainly weren’t known for their comfort, but comfort wasn’t necessarily what one was after for the 45 minute sail from America to the Vineyard, which was more of a transition from the everyday to the magicalness awaiting you.  …

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About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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4 Responses to Remembering the Ferry Islander

  1. mvobsession says:

    Thank you Susanna for reblogging my Islander post and adding your thoughts as well. 🙂

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  2. And one more once-indispensable thing slips into the irrelevance of the past…She had a Queen-ly elegance, didn’t she?

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