From the fantail of the M/V Quonset, circa 1973
Here is some perspective from another time. The Dutch Inn was the new kid in town, the Southland hadn't made her debut, and the Ocean Clipper was in her usual spot. This may sound hyperbolic, but to a 21 year old ferry guy, Milt's was the coolest bar to hoist a drink in the Northern Hemisphere, with exception to the old Block Island Inn. When I worked on the Quonset, this was what it looked like after a work day.
Note the cars parked off Ocean Clipper's bow; this was where islanders parked their mainland vehicles in the winter, now there stands the main ferry terminal. Also at this time, the ferry business was conducted from a small building at the end of the State Pier. Above the stern of the Ocean Clipper, some of you will remember Maud's place; the freight shed is there now. Check out the faux windmill blades on the tower of the Dutch Inn and the great Texaco star next to the gas pumps-a simpler time huh! Finally, as I plow ahead into geezerhood, I feel it's important to tilt my head toward Galilee's past.