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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In a state committee hearing Tuesday, state Sen. Susan Moran told fellow legislators she requested that state auditor Diana DiZoglio conduct an audit of the authority in order to help “identify the current weaknesses of the authority as well as provide transparency and effective oversight.”

Jonah Mikutowicz, the owner of 41 North Offshore, came to the Steamship Authority board meeting Tuesday to float his new plan after receiving interest from potential customers.

The handling of the Sankaty incident this summer has fractured the Steamship Authority’s generally unanimous board of governors, who took opposing positions at their regular meeting Tuesday morning in Falmouth.

The Dukes County Commission took the rare step Friday of appealing to the full governing board of the Steamship Authority, calling events surrounding the incident in which the Sankaty slipped from its mooring this summer “extremely disturbing.”

The Steamship Authority’s governing board never saw the results of an internal investigation into the M/V Sankaty incident of July 27 until they were released to the press this week, board member James Malkin told the Gazette.

The Island Home had to undergo electric system repairs this week and the Nantucket ferry had an issue with its stern door.