Proud of our History - the SS Princess of Acadia

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 Princess of Acadia which served the Digby, N.S.-Saint John, N.B. crossing from 1963-1971.

With the ability to carry up to 1000 passengers, 120 cars, and boxcar freight, the vessel significantly increased capacity for the Bay of Fundy service during the 1960s.

We hope you enjoy these photos of the last steamship vessel used on the New Brunswick – Nova Scotia service.

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.

In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the North Sydney ferry terminal which has been a vital part of the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia ferry service since 1898.

SS Princess of Acadia circa 1960s