Marine Atlantic, its predecessor CN Marine, and pre-confederation Newfoundland coastal boats have a strong and proud history serving the people of Atlantic Canada through ferry terminals, passenger vessels and rail service.

We at Marine Atlantic have many historical photos of our properties, infrastructure and facilities that date back through the years. To share some of these memories, we are introducing a section we call “Throwback Thursday” where we will provide a short profile of an historical component of our service and provide some photos that we’ve found in our archives. We also invite anyone from the public to share their photos to be posted as well.

In our first historical post, we are shining the spotlight on the MV William Carson which served the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing, and later the Labrador coastal service from 1955-1977. It was the first ferry built to carry both passengers and cars to and from Newfoundland.

We invite any photos from the public and will give credit to anyone who submits a photo that is chosen to be posted. Email your photos to:  including any facts such as the date of the photos and location.

Stay tuned each week as we highlight our past. There have been many changes over the years in our fleet and the landscape of our ports. There may even be a few familiar faces along the way!

We look forward to making this historical journey with all those who’ve had an interest in our service over the past 100 years!