Proud of our History - the SS Patrick Morris

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 Patrick Morris which served the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing between 1965-1970.

Named in honour of the well-known 19th century Newfoundland politician, the SS Patrick Morris was a large vessel that significantly increased freight capacity on the Gulf service in the 1960s. During its time in operation, the vessel carried both railway freight cars, as well as regular containers.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a vessel that changed and helped shape how commercial products were shipped to the Island of Newfoundland.

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 “Throwback Thursday” blog posting we highlight the original SS Princess of Acadia which served the Digby, N.S.-Saint John, N.B. crossing from 1963-1971.

                
  • Circa 1960s

  • Circa 1960s

  • MV Patrick Morris at Newfoundland Dockyard circa 1960s

  • MV Patrick Morris at Newfoundland Dockyard circa 1960s

  • MV Patrick Morris at Newfoundland Dockyard circa 1960s

  • MV Patrick Morris Photo submitted by Grant Thomas