The Chappy Ferry Book



If you love Martha’s Vineyard lore, you’ll want to buy a copy of The Chappy Ferry Book. Written by Tom Dunlop, who fell in love with the ferry at the age of 4, the book full of intriguing facts about the 209-year-old ferry, including that for 37 years the Chappaquiddick Ferry was owned and skippered by a blind man. It was hit by a seaplane in 1937, and has burst into flames while crossing the harbor. It also served as the setting for a pivotal scene in Jaws (and served as a camera barge during the film), and played a role in the tragic car accident that may have changed American history.

The Chappy Ferry Book is filled with historic photos, as well as splendid present-day images taken by island photographer Alison Shaw. It also features a centerfold illustration showing show ferry works.

As a bonus, a 15-minute documentary film on the ferry service, produced by John Wilson and shot by Scott Shucher, is included with the purchase of the book. The film shows what it’s like to ride and skipper the ferry, and shows the intricate maneuvers as the On Time II and III cross at right angles to the traffic entering and leaving Edgartown.

The Chappy Ferry Book is available at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Soft As A Grape Martha’s Vineyard, and through Amazon:

Price: $25.95