Here’s a view from beneath the Edgartown ferry ramp of the ON TIME III departing the slip for Chappaquiddick Point. Photographer: Erik Gilley, maintenance manager of the ferry.
Here’s a perspective on the ferry that no one but an owner of the service, or perhaps a maintenance person, has EVER seen before.
This video, shot from underneath the Edgartown ramp sometime during the effort to reinforce the foundation and repair the ramp itself (mid April 2013), shows the ON TIME III approaching the slip from the middle of the harbor and docking.
We’re pretty certain that the videographer is maintenance manager Erik Gilley, who recently dove beneath the ramp to funnel concrete into a void along the foundation. But we’ll correct ourselves if we are wrong.
You can tell how little space there is under here. Imagine bringing a camera with you and shooting as you see the ferry come toward you! Imagine CONTINUING to shoot as the captain reverses her engines to slow the ferry down, and all that frothing backwash comes at you!
About the time of high tide, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2012.
The off-season schedule is in effect from October 14 through May 23.
During the off-season, weather permitting, the ferry runs continuously from:
6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Then again from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
And finally from 11:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
The 2013 Vineyard Seadogs Calendar features the Chappy Ferry in its July photograph. The calendars are $16 and part of the proceeds goes to help support the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. You can purchase them at Soft As A Grape, and also at the Vineyard Seadogs website.