Martha's Vineyard Running Again After Losing Power Saturday

Marco Green
March 19, 2018

A Massachusetts Steamship Authority ferry with more than 70 people on board lost power Saturday night as it made its way from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole.

"We had the Coast Guard cutter Hammerhead and a response boat crew from Coast Guard station Woods Hole standing by on scene with the disabled vessel", Oldham said. Though an emergency generator kept power on, the engines could not be restarted, and the ship was towed back to Vineyard Haven around 2 a.m.

But all passengers and crew stayed on the Martha' Vineyard until it returned under tow at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

A new pilothouse was part of a $17 million upgrade for the ferry Martha's Vineyard.

The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authorities told CBS Boston in a statement that the ferry lost power to the main engines about 15 minutes into the 45-minute trip. There were 72 passengers, 11 crew members, three food service employees, and 12 cars aboard. With the work completed around February 21, the vessel returned to service the first week of March.

"The lights went out and everything went dead", said passenger Don McInnes, 77, of West Falmouth, who was on the ferry with his wife and dog.

"We've had a hard four months", Mr. Hanover said.

On Sunday afternoon, the authority began conducting "dock trials" of the M/V Martha's Vineyard "to make sure it had normal operating parameters", Davis said.

Davis said it was "premature to speculate" on whether the power failure was linked to the recent work done to the ship and said it is not yet known what caused the problem.

Passengers were put up overnight at a nearby hotel by the Steamship Authority.

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