Last June the Parks & Rec Dept announced there were issues with the Island Beach Ferry, one of two boats that provides service to Island Beach. Just days from the 4th of July holiday, the Island Beach ferry, built in 1961, was discovered to have a cracked engine block on one of its engines.
Fast forward to June 2017, and the Parks & Rec Dept announced on Tuesday that ferry service to Island Beach will begin as scheduled on Saturday, June 10. The first ferry departs at 10:00am. For weather cancellations call 203-661-5957
Unfortunately, Greenwich’s Parks & Rec Dept also announced on Tuesday that the Great Captain Island Ferry will not be available for service until further notice.
According to a statement, Parks & Recreation Dept said the Islander II (built in 1948) was on her return from the shipyard when an engine problem occurred, resulting in the vessel being returned to the shipyard.
Due to the age of the engine and the availability of parts, there is not adequate time to acquire the necessary parts, complete the repairs, conduct sea trials, and to put the vessel back into service.
“We are closely monitoring the progress of the repairs and will provide updates as we receive them,” the Parks & Rec Dept wrote in a statement on Tuesday. “Our expectation is to have the vessel back in service by next week.”