The Block Island Times

Where is the M/V Yankee now?

Jan 16, 2014
Photo by: Bill Orme

The following was sent in from reader Bill Orme:

I thought some Block Islanders might be curious to learn about this fondly remembered ferry. It was built in 1907 and once known as the USS Machigonne, and later in service as the Block Island ferry the M/V Yankee from Providence and later Galilee from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. It is now quietly enjoying retirement as a live on-board boat berthed in Brooklyn.

I shot this picture with my phone in the early morning as I biked by the Yankee’s current home in the Erie Basin harbor, south of Red Hook. I took this boat many times with my father in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. It seemed very big to me back then. It isn’t. But at 113 years old, it is still afloat!

PS: Happy New Year — May 2014 be another wonderful year on one of the world’s best islands!

Comments (1)
Posted by: Logan B Darrow | Jan 18, 2014 13:40

The Yankee was on a TV show (sorry can't remember the network), which chronicled the restoration by a talented couple who now live on the boat.  The interior is beautiful.   It has its own Wikipedia page:

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