Proud of our History - the SS Charlottetown

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

Named after the capital of Prince Edward Island, the vessel had capacity to transport sixteen railcars, 800 passengers and an automobile deck capable of carrying 45 vehicles. The 324 foot long vessel was considered an interprovincial bridge by many Prince Edward Islanders. Described as the most powerful ice-breaker ferry in the world at the time, this ocean-going steamship was well-respected for the increase in traffic that could be transported between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

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 Saint John, N.B., ferry terminal which had an historical attachment to Marine Atlantic and its predecessors from 1895 to 1997.

                
  • Circa 1930s

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  • Loading dock circa 1930s

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  • SS Charlottetown being launched circa 1930s