“It was four degrees outside with 45 mile-per-hour winds,” Jeff described. “I knew the Islander was coming into the harbor and I had 30 minutes to plant myself in the right spot on Packer’s dock. I was using a long lens and I waited for the boat to appear. When I started shooting I thought, ‘If only I could have one blink of sunlight.’ On the fourth shot out of five, it broke through the sea smoke.” The result is the classic shot of a classic vessel emerging from stormy skies and seas, mystical and majestic. It has become Jeff Serusa’s signature work.”
– by Karla Araujo, Vineyard Style
Few boats elicit as many fond memories as the MV Islander. She was built in 1950 by Maryland Drydock Company and was a ferry for the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, primarily on the Martha's Vineyard run, until March 5, 2007, when it was replaced with the new M/V Island Home, a new ferry which is both larger and faster than the "Islander". The Islander at its peak was able to transport over 700 passengers and 85 vehicles.
In 1975 M/V Islander was featured in the movie “Jaws.”
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