Island Queen Ballet. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

July 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The Oak Bluffs Variation

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet A

Select Image or Title to See in a Larger Format - See More Below

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet A 20220625  850_0046Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet AThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

There are a few vessels that have been in my life that I have a genuine fondness for. One is the M/V Island Queen from Falmouth, Massachusetts. It is one of the ferries that has a seasonal daily run to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

My association with the Island Queen actually starts with its predecessor. My father sailed on that vessel when he was putting in time for his own Captain's license. My father was also involved in surveying the vessel, so I acquired intimate knowledge. I was but a child at this point.

When the "new" vessel as photographed was first put on paper, I was there. I was there for the keel laying at Blount Marine in Warren, RI. I was there as a youngster at the launching in 1974. When they came up with the idea of night time Cape Cod Canal cruises, I rode along. In time, when I applied to test for a Captain's license, the Island Queen was on my log sheets. Her primary skipper at the time served as a reference as well. I also went on to work with subsidiaries of Blount Marine.

But there was another aspect that the Island Queen started for me. That is photography. This is the second time in my lifetime that I have photographed this sequence. The first was more than forty years ago when I was eleven years old.

On a daily basis, the Island Queen does a little turn around ballet. This occurs backing out of the pier in Falmouth, MA (where I took the above mentioned photos). The second is here in Oak Bluffs where the vessel comes about in less than its own length. It is all done by engaging thrusters and backing down on one set of engines and coming ahead on the opposite set. And it is so well practiced that it is another part of the day for the officers and crew. But I always appreciate the ship handling show whether aboard or shoreside.

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet B

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet B 20220625 850_0049Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet BThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet C

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet C 20220625 850_0050Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet CThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet D

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet D 20220625 850_0053Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet DThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet E

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet E 20220625 850_0055Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet EThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet F

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet F 20220625 850_0057Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet FThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet G

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet G 20220625 850_0061Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet GThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet H

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet H 20220625 850_0065Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet HThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet I

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet I 20220625 850_0069Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet IThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Would you like to collaborate on photos? We are open to commissions. Please contact us at [email protected]

If you enjoy this post, please consider buying us a coffee to continue the work...

Buy Me A Coffee

© Keith R Wahl, Made From RI/Made From RI Gallery, 2022. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Keith R Wahl and Made From RI/Made From RI Gallery with appropriate and specific direction to the original. 

Find out more about us by clicking the links below:

 

 


Comments