Proud of our History - the SS Prince Edward Island

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 Prince Edward Island which operated between Borden, PEI and Cape Tormentine, NB from 1917-1968.

Named after the province for which the vessel served, it was a large, powerful state-of-the-art steamer that offered a train deck that could transport railway cars. The vessel provided increased capacity and could carry more people, cars and freight than was previously possible.  When first introduced, the vessel received high praise for its fast speed and ongoing reliability during its years in service.

We hope you enjoy these photos that show the first vessel to connect Borden and Cape Tormentine by a passenger and freight ferry.

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, we highlight the SS Princess Helene which traversed the Bay of Fundy between Saint John, NB and Digby, NS from 1930-1963.

                
  • SS Prince Edward Island under construction circa 1915

  • SS Prince Edward Island circa 1917

  • SS Prince Edward Island

  • SS Prince Edward Island

  • SS Prince Edward Island circa 1940s

  • SS Prince Edward Island circa 1940s

  • SS Prince Edward Island docking at Borden, PEI

  • Crew of the SS Prince Edward Island circa 1920

  • SS Prince Edward Island circa 1950s

  • SS Prince Edward Island circa 1960s

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald

  • Photo submitted by Earle MacDonald