Proud of our History - the MV John Hamilton Gray

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 John Hamilton Gray which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick and Newfoundland-Nova Scotia routes from 1968-1997.

Named after two original Fathers of Confederation, one from New Brunswick and one from Prince Edward Island, the vessel was used in the both the Northumberland Strait and the Cabot Strait at different times of the year. Designed with icebreaker capabilities, the vessel could carry 475 passengers and 165 vehicles, further helping address the increased volumes of traffic travelling throughout Atlantic Canada during its time in operation.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a well-respected and reliable ferry that served the people of Atlantic Canada for almost three decades.

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 SS Prospero which serviced Newfoundland coastal communities from 1904-1937.

 

                
  • Circa 1977

  • MV John Hamilton Gray and MV Vacationland docked in Cape Tormentine NB circa 1970s

  • MV John Hamilton Gray docked in North Sydney circa late 1960s

  • Seating area

  • Seating area

  • Cafeteria

  • Official launch 1968

  • Circa 1970s

  • Circa 1970s

  • Circa 1970s

  • Circa 1970s

  • MV John Hamilton Gray MV Abeqweit and MV Lucy Maud Montgomery circa 1970s

  • Circa 1970

  • Circa 1980

  • Circa 1970s

  • Circa 1970

  • Circa 1980

  • Circa 1980

  • Circa 1970s