MV Island Home

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The MV Island Home is a ferry built by VT Halter Marine in 2005 for The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority. She replaced the MV Islander on the Authority's route between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven.[1]

The Island Home is different from most vessels in the Steamship Authority fleet in that she is a double-ended ferry and does not have to turn around before entering a slip.

Island Home was named after the sidewheel steamer Island Home which served Martha's Vineyard for most of the second half of the nineteenth century.

Her keel was laid on April 27, 2005[2] and she was launched on July 21, 2006.[1]

Island Home was built to a plan by the Elliott Bay Design Group, and has a capacity of 1,200 people and 76 vehicles, with a loaded displacement tonnage of about 1,950 tonnes (1,950,000 kg).[1] She is powered by two Electro-Motive diesel engines, and has a top speed of 16 knots (18 mph).[1]

In October 2007, Island Home experienced a minor collision when the Governor struck her while departing Woods Hole; damage to both vessels was minimal.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "VT Halter Marine Celebrates Ferry Launch". Marine Link. July 24, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "VT Halter Celebrates Keel Laying". Marine Link. April 27, 2005. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "News in Brief". Martha's Vineyard Times. 2007-10-04. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2009-06-14.

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