Proud of our History - the SS Bar Haven

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 SS Bar Haven, which served the people of coastal Newfoundland communities from 1948 to 1973. A vessel that transported food and supplies to residents in remote and isolated areas of the province, it was named after an island (and now resettled community) located on the northwestern side of Placentia Bay.

We hope you enjoy these photos showing a vessel that was a lifeline for the many residents who relied on its service for the 25 years it operated.

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

Next week, we highlight the MV Marine Nautica which operated on the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1974-1986.


  • SS Bar Haven

  • SS Bar Haven at dock at Oderin, Placentia Bay, NL

  • SS Bar Haven in Harbour Buffet, Placentia Bay, NL

  • SS Bar Haven, Port aux Basques, NL circa 1962

  • SS Bar Haven