Proud of our History - the SS Springdale

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 Springdale, a Newfoundland and Labrador coastal boat that operated from 1948 to 1973.

Named after the central Newfoundland community with the same name, the vessel had a length of 214 feet, 27,000 cubic feet of cargo space and capacity for 90 passengers. For many people, the SS Springdale was considered a lifeline for the remote communities it served and was a welcome sight following the harsh winter and ice conditions experienced each year. During its years in service, the SS Springdale was described as a workhorse that performed honourable service to coastal residents.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the MV Stena Jutlandica /second MV Bluenose that serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing and the Yarmouth, N.S., to Bar Harbour, Maine, crossing from 1982-1997.

  • Plaque Presentation circa 1948 Captain Barrett Captain Elliott

  • SS Springdale Captains Table

  • SS Springdale in Corner Brook circa 1960s

  • SS Springdale in Corner Brook circa 1960s

  • Notre Dame Bay circa 1950s

  • Photo submitted by John Ingram