Steamship Authority Down Ferry To Cape Cod, Islands For Repairs

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FALMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday, the Steamship Authority provided an update to ferry service between Cape Cod and the Islands after one vessel had to be taken out of service for repairs on a four-inch crack discovered on the craft's hull.

Officials found the breach after crews noticed a small amount of water in the steering gear void of the ferry, M/V Gay Head.

According to the Steamship Authority, online vehicle booking is available for scheduled trips, though same day booking for trips along the Nantucket route remains unavailable. Urgent travel arrangements can be addressed through the Reservation Office or through a terminal, officials said.

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Officials say that while the crack on the M/V Gay Head is above the waterline, the repair will require replacement of the structural steel of the ship, and will be dry docked at Thames Shipyard in New London, Connecticut. M/V Gay Head sails to Thames on Monday, the Authority said.

Meanwhile, the M/V Sankaty will pick up some of the missing ferries departures, including trips from Nantucket to Woods Hole and roundtrips to and from Martha's Vineyard.

For a full list into the scheduling changes heading for ferries, commuters can check the Steamship Authority's website.

WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.

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