Proud of our History - the MV Taverner

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 Taverner which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney service, Labrador coastal service and Newfoundland coastal service from 1962-1997.

The vessel was named in memory of Bejamin Taverner, the Captain of the SS Caribou, and his two sons Harold and Stanley who perished when the vessel was sunk by a German U-boat during the Second World War.

Noted as a vessel with flexibility and manoeuvrability, it was a steadfast ship that was an important link between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and to isolated coastal communities for many years.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a long serving and respected vessel in Marine Atlantic’s historical fleet.

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 next week’s blog posting, we highlight the MV Vacationland which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1971-1997.

                
  • Crew of the MV Taverner Lewisporte, NL circa 1990s

  • Vessel Interior

  • Vessel Interior

  • Vessel Interior

  • Vessel Interior

  • Circa 1970s

  • Docking on Fogo Island circa 1964

  • Circa 1980s

  • Circa 1962

  • Circa 1960s

  • MV Taverner in Port aux Basques Harbour circa 1960s

  • MV Taverner in Port aux Basques Harbour circa 1960s

  • MV Taverner at Christening Ceremony circa 1962

  • MV Taverner at Christening Ceremony circa 1962