Sure, other Islanders may have built bigger vessels. But no one built a bigger fleet than Van Ryper of Vineyard Haven.

A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Excerpted from an article by Francis Endicott that appeared in the 1881 edition of Scribner’s magazine.

Francis Endicott

With lobster tails for bait, is it any wonder the monster bass went nuts?

Kib Bramhall

What's the history behind Eastville? Who was part of the Edgartown Mining Company? And who were Ray Ellis and Epenow?

Or: How to Read the Gay Head Cliffs.

Peter Brannen

Like today, the Vineyard was a place where people committed to freedom, justice, and equality could find not only relief but like-minded people.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

What's the origin of Quansoo? Who was Abram Quary? How did the Queen Elizabeth 2 run aground? And where is Quick's Hole?

The “Dude Train,” the “Flying Dude,” the “Dude Flyer.” It’s one of the most famous passenger trains ever to run in New England, but you couldn’t walk up and buy a ticket to board it. Nor did any of its various nicknames ever appear in an official timetable or on a station wall. Yet for thirty-three summers, from 1884 to 1916, it plied the tracks from Boston to Woods Hole, a distance of seventy-two miles, whisking wealthy Bostonians at unprecedented speeds and with unsurpassed luxury from their city offices to their summer retreats on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Karl Zimmermann

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