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 Stena Jutlandica /second MV Bluenose that serviced the North Sydney-Port aux Basques crossing and Yarmouth, N.S., to Bar Harbor, Maine, crossing from 1982-1997.
Entering service in 1982 between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, the vessel was the largest passenger ferry to operate on the Cabot Strait at that time. It’s time travelling between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia was short as the following year the MV Stena Jutlandica was re-assigned to the Yarmouth-Bar Harbor service. The vessel was also re-named in honour of the original MV Bluenose that it was replacing on that route. With new upgrades, the vessel was turned into a cruise ferry which attracted increased interest, especially U.S. tourists wanting to make the trip to Nova Scotia.
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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the second MV Abegweit which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1982-1997.