Proud of our History- the MV Frederick Carter

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 MV Frederick Carter, which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1968-1986. Designed to transport freight across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it was once known as the largest railcar ferry in the world, receiving such distinction in the 1983 Guinness Book of Facts and Feats of Ships and Shipping.

Named in honour of Frederick Carter, one of Newfoundland’s original fathers of confederation in the 1860s, the vessel’s ability to transport large amounts of freight changed the ferry service dramatically and how goods were shipped to and from Newfoundland.

We hope you enjoy these photos which highlight a changing era in Gulf ferry service and a vessel with a long record of service between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

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 original MV Bluenose which served the Yarmouth, NS to Bar Harbour, ME route from 1955-1982.

                
  • MV Frederick Carter in the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

  • Freight cars being unloaded in Port aux Basques, NL

  • Freight cars being loaded on board the MV Frederick Carter circa late 1960s

  • MV Frederick Carter in the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

  • MV Frederick Carter in the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

  • Freight cars being loaded on board the MV Frederick Carter circa late 1960s

  • MV Frederick Carter during vessel Christening ceremony, 1968

  • MV Frederick Carter being launched circa 1968 Lauzon, Quebec

  • The Pippy Family and Captain Edward Mulrooney at the vessel Christening ceremony, 1968

  • MV Frederick Carter circa 1980s

  • MV Frederick Carter departing the narrows in St. John’s circa 1980s

  • MV Frederick Carter in St. John’s circa 1980s

  • Freight cars being unloaded in Port aux Basques circa 1968

  • MV Frederick Carter docked in North Sydney circa late 1960s

  • MV Frederick Carter docked in North Sydney circa 1969

  • MV Frederick Carter approaching North Sydney circa 1980s

  • MV Frederick Carter in St. John’s circa 1980s

  • MV Frederick Carter docked in Port aux Basques circa 1970s

  • MV Frederick Carter docked in Port aux Basques circa 1970s

  • MV Frederick Carter docked in Port aux Basques

  • MV Frederick Carter leaving North Sydney circa 1978 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter in Point Edward, NS circa early 1970s courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter in North Sydney circa early 1980s courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter in North Sydney circa late 1970s courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter Port aux Basques, NL circa 1979 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter Port aux Basques, NL circa 1972 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter Port aux Basques, NL circa 1972 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter circa 1985 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter circa 1972 courtesy of Grant Thomas

  • MV Frederick Carter circa 1970 courtesy of Grant Thomas