A tree fouls up SSA Wednesday morning service


Steamship Authority service between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard was disrupted this morning, Wednesday, after boatline crews loaded a truck carrying trees onto the ferry Nantucket, scheduled to sail at 8:15 am. The crew misjudged the height of the trees.

“A tree knocked off two sprinkler heads,” Wayne Lamson, SSA general manager, told The Times in a telephone conversation.

Mr. Lamson said crews were working as quickly as possible to replace the sprinkler heads. The Coast Guard must inspect the heads before the ferry will be permitted to resume service. Mr. Lamson said he expected that to occur sometime this morning.

The Nantucket’s 9:30 am departure from Vineyard Haven was also cancelled.

Compounding this morning problem’s, the freight boat Governor ran late after the chief engineer failed to show up for work on time, Mr. Lamson said.

The Nantucket is operating on the Vineyard run while the larger Island Home undergoes scheduled routine cleaning and service at the SSA’s Fairhaven facility. She returns to service Monday, when it will be the Martha’s Vineyard’s turn for her pre-summer cleaning.