Steamship Authority resumes Martha’s Vineyard-Woods Hole trips


The Steamship Authority (SSA) resumed service following a day of cancellations Tuesday between Vineyard Haven and Woods Hole, due to weather conditions. Ferries did not begin running until late afternoon.

The SSA cancelled all freight and passenger ferry service between Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole throughout the morning and afternoon because of high westerly winds of as much as 35 miles per hour, and higher in gusts.

Tuesday morning, the Martha’s Vineyard remained in the Vineyard Haven terminal slip for much of the day. The view from The Times harbor webcam showed calm harbor water. But, that was because Vineyard Haven Harbor is protected from westerly winds. Beyond West Chop, and between West Chop and Nobska Point, at the entrance to Woods Hole, sea conditions were turbulent. The wind began howling out of the southwest early Tuesday, battering the Island’s south shore and turning Vineyard Sound into a froth.

For up-to-date sailing information call the SSA at 508-548-3788 or 508-693-0367 or go to