Yesterday morning, Peconic Jitney ferry captain Jim Ryan, along with Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine, Greenport Mayor David Nyce, Greenport Village Trustee Chris Kempner, members of the media and family and friends were joined by the Reverend John Ryan of the Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Selden as he performed a ceremony blessing the newly-restored John Keith, a former New York City water taxi that today begins a regularly scheduled service between Greenport and Sag Harbor.
Shortly after the blessing took place, workers scrambled to complete last-minute finishing touches on the boat, such as lettering and decals; and newly-hired captains and deckhands worked out small kinks in their operations in preparation for running a full-time schedule. A short shakedown cruise around Greenport harbor followed, where a sunny morning excursion on the water saw passengers exchange waves with passengers aboard the nearby Shelter Island North Ferry.
The new Greenport-Sag Harbor ferry service, in operation as a “trial run”, was granted a temporary permit by the Sag Harbor Village Board to run from today through October, although the service is expected to end around Labor Day, according to Hampton Jitney President Geoff Lynch. The crossings will run roughly bi-hourly from Sag Harbor from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays, with an additional 11 p.m. run on Fridays and Saturdays. Those wishing to travel from Greenport can do so weekdays from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., with an additional 10 p.m. run on Fridays and Saturdays.