Proud of our History - Remembering the SS Caribou

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 remember the SS Caribou. Named after the symbolic woodland caribou that inhabits Newfoundland and Labrador (also a symbol of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment), the ship was torpedoed and sunk in 1942 by a German U-boat while on its route between North Sydney and Port aux Basques. This tragic event took the lives of 136 men, women and children.

The SS Caribou served as the passenger ferry between Port aux Basques and North Sydney between 1925 and its tragic loss in 1942.

In recognition of Remembrance Day, we honour this vessel and those who were lost. This tragedy continues to influence our employees and the people and communities we serve today.  Lest We Forget.

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Next week, we highlight the MV Frederick Carter which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1968-1986.