Sailing with pride for over 50 years! We have been offering ferry transportation to Martha’s Vineyard for over half a century. The Island Queen vessel is actually the 3rd vessel in our company’s history to provide ferry service between Cape Cod Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard. The first vessel named “Vineyard Queen” carried 108 passengers and provided ferry service from 1960 through 1962. In 1963 the Vineyard Queen was replaced with a newly constructed vessel named “Island Queen”, which carried 280 passengers and continued daily service until 1974. Our current “Island Queen” was designed and built by Blount Boats in Warren, Rhode Island and was launched in 1974. The M/V Island Queen is a 125 foot, 522 passenger, triple screw, diesel powered ferry constructed of steel.
- Length 125 feet
- Beam 26 feet
- Draft 7 feet
- Registered Tonnage 99 tons
- Cruising Speed 12 knots
- Fuel Capacity 1,150 gallons
- Fuel Consumption (average) 40 gallons per hour @ 12 knots
The Island Queen Ferry features a single helm position and a wing station on the starboard side with a wide range of pilothouse navigation and communication equipment including radar, NAVnet3D, chart plotter, GPS, depth sounder, compass, and VHF Radios. A full-service snack bar and restrooms are available on-board.
Safety systems aboard the Island Queen Ferry includes life jackets, life floats, life rings with strobe lights, first aid kits, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), man-overboard apparatus and an Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The Island Queen Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard is equipped with two fire pumps, multiple fire hydrants, portable fire extinguishers and an engine room fixed fire suppression system.
The Island Queen Ferry is owned and operated by Island Commuter Corp., Falmouth, Cape Cod.