Proud of our History - the original MV Abegweit

by Darrell Mercer

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.

In this week’s “Throwback Thursday” blog posting we highlight the original MV Abegweit, which made the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1947-1982. The vessel’s name was taken from the Mi’kmaq word for Prince Edward Island.

The original MV Abegweit, later renamed the MV Abby, was launched as a powerful ice-breaking ship that resembled a luxury liner. When the time came to retire the vessel, the new replacement vessel was given the same name as a tribute to the hard work and dedication shown by the original during its years of service.

We hope you enjoy these photos which show a strong and proud vessel that played a vital role in serving the people of Prince Edward Island and the many tourists who visited the province.

As always, we welcome your photos for posting in a future blog. Please email your photos to socialmedia@marineatlantic.ca  including any facts such as the date and location.

Next week, we highlight the SS Kyle, a Newfoundland Coastal boat that operated from 1913-1967.

 

                
  • MV Abegweit with MV Vacationland in foreground circa 1970s

  • MV Abegweit docked in Cape Tormentine, NB circa 1951

  • MV Abegweit circa 1950s

  • MV Abegweit circa 1950s

  • Plaque from original MV Abegweit

  • Original MV Abegweit circa 1982

  • MV Abegweit date unknown

  • MV Abegweit circa 1970 courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit, Cape Tormentine circa 1981 courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit circa 1983 courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit, Cape Tormentine courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit, Cape Tormentine courtesy of Stephen

  • MV Abegweit courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Abegweit courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Abegweit courtesy of Grant Thomas