Proud of our History - the MV Marine Atlantica

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 Marine Atlantica which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1975-1987.

Introduced to help transport more commercial and passenger traffic, the vessel increased passenger capacity by approximately 24 percent. At 122 metres in length, the MV Marine Atlantica, combined with its sister ship the MV Marine Nautica, tripled commercial capacity on the Cabot Strait when introduced.

We hope you enjoy these photos of a vessel that helped re-shape the flow of commercial traffic between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

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 Charlottetown which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1931-1941.

                
  • St. john's harbour circa 1980s

  • Leaving Port aux Basques circa 1980s

  • Port aux Basques harbour circa 1980s

  • Port aux Basques harbour circa 1980s

  • Port aux Basques harbour circa 1980s

  • Port aux Basques harbour circa 1970s

  • Docked in Port aux Basques circa 1970s

  • Docked in Port aux Basques circa 1970s

  • Docked in Port aux Basques circa 1980s

  • Docked in North Sydney circa 1970s

  • St. John's harbour circa 1970s

  • Docked in Port aux Basques circa 1980s

  • Port aux Basques circa 1980s

  • Travelling in the gulf circa 1980s

  • Docked in St. John's circa 1980s

  • Circa 1977, photo submitted by Stephen