A simmering squabble over control of family-owned and operated Hy-line Cruises, which provides high-speed ferry service between Hyannis and the Islands, erupted into public view Tuesday at an SSA meeting.


For the first time since 1960 a Hy-Line ferry docked in Edgartown on Tuesday morning, part of a test run for Christmas in Edgartown plans to see if the vessel could dock at Memorial Wharf.


Expanding transportation services among airlines, ferries, buses and trains have made the Vineyard more accessible than ever this summer.

Four airlines are now operating summer service between the Island and three major metropolitan areas. And two months ago train service began between Boston and the Cape that connects with a shuttle to the Steamship Authority.


Higher Role at Hy-Line

Ellen Lonergan has been promoted to the position of treasurer/controller for Hy-Line Cruises, following the retirement of Mark Joseph, who had held the job since 1972. Ms. Lonergan, with the company since 1978,has been working as the assistant treasurer and supervising the ticketing and reservation department. Hy-Line Cruises is a family-owned company and operates harbor cruises, fishing trips, and Island ferries. Hy-Line celebrates their 50th anniversary in business next year.

For almost a decade, the two major ferry operators in the Cape and Islands were united in trenchant opposition to Cape Wind. Suddenly though, one operator sees the wind farm as a major tourism opportunity, while the other maintains it is a navigational hazard.

The one that changed position was Hy-Line Cruises, which announced this week that it was partnering with Cape Wind to develop eco-themed tours of the 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound, both during construction and operation.


Steamship Authority governors have opted to take a hit of up to $160,000 to boat line revenues this year so high-speed services to Nantucket can be maintained in the face of falling patronage.