The Vineyard Gazette
It happened yesterday. One minute before 11 a.m., the Island boat line was administered by the officers and directors of the Massachusetts Steamship Lines Inc., as constituted for some time past; one minute after 11, the management was in the hands of new officers and directors, the responsibility of the New Bedford, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Authority.
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Only the signature of Governor Furcolo now remains to turn into law the bill setting up a new Steamship Authority with three members, locally appointed, to represent the Vineyard Nantucket, and F
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Robert Davis received a 4 per cent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, following his annual performance review by the boat line board of governors Tuesday.

The Steamship Authority is proposing to raise its rates for the second year in a row to offset a projected $3 million budget shortfall, but most Island residents and walk-on commuters would be spared from the increases.

The shallow harbor in Hyannis recently caused one Steamship ferry to go out for emergency repairs and officials are pushing for new harbor dredging.

The Steamship Authority is updating its staff training program following an internal investigation of last month’s accident in Woods Hole, where the M/V Sankaty came loose from its slip.

With its borrowing limit increased by $50 million in the new state budget, the Steamship Authority now has the financial headroom to add a fourth ship to its growing fleet of identical former oilfield supply vessels, which the ferry line is converting into freight ferries.

Two Steamship Authority ferries, M/V Gay Head and M/V Nantucket, are out of service for the weekend, although the Nantucket is expected to be back in action Sunday night.