Proud of our History - the MV Marine Nautica

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 Marine Nautica which operated on the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1974-1986.

A well-recognized vessel that transported passengers and freight between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, it was considered one of the pillars of the crossing for over a decade. With increased deck space, the vessel was able to transport significantly more trucks on each crossing than was previously possible.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a vessel that reflects an era in Marine Atlantic’s storied history.

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.

In our next blog posting after the holiday season, we highlight the SS Prince Edward Island which connected New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island from 1917-1968. See you in the New Year!

 

                
  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1976

  • MV Marine Nautica vehicle deck

  • MV Marine Nautica seating area

  • MV Marine Nautica bar area

  • MV Marine Nautica vehicle deck

  • MV Marine Nautica bar saloon deck

  • MV Marine Nautica serving counter – cafeteria

  • MV Marine Nautica seating area

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1977

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1977

  • MV Marine Nautica at St. John’s dockyard circa 1970s

  • MV Marine Nautica in Port aux Basques circa 1977

  • MV Marine Nautica in North Sydney circa 1977

  • MV Marine Nautica in North Sydney circa 1978

  • MV Marine Nautica docked in Port aux Basques circa 1979

  • MV Marine Nautica circa 1980s

  • MV Marine Nautica passing MV Frederick Carter circa 1983