Proud of our History - the second MV Abegweit

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 second MV Abegweit which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1982-1997. Named in honour of the vessel it replaced, the name “Abegweit” was taken from the Mi’kmaq word for Prince Edward Island.

The second MV Abegweit was a larger, more spacious and modern vessel that is predecessor. At over 122 metres in length, it could transport significantly more vehicles and passengers than previously possible. A strong ice-class vessel, it was the first in Canada to allow roll through loading and unloading of railway cars, and was only one of five ships in the world at the time that installed inflatable escape shutes as its emergency evacuation system; a normal system in today’s transportation industry. With modern amenities and passenger lounges, the vessel provided a reliable and comfortable travel experience across the Northumberland Strait.

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.

Next week, we highlight the SS Scotia I that carried freight and passengers across the Strait of Canso and Northumberland Strait between 1901 and 1955.

                
  • MV Abegweit leaving Cape Tormentine, NB circa 1982

  • New MV Abegweit circa 1982

  • MV Abegweit in ice conditions circa 1984

  • MV Abegweit in Borden, PEI circa 1984

  • MV Abegweit under construction circa early 1980s

  • MV Abegweit under construction circa early 1980s

  • MV Abegweit under construction circa early 1980s

  • MV Abegweit under construction circa early 1980s

  • Railway deck

  • Railway deck

  • MV Abegweit vehicle deck circa early 1980s

  • MV Abegweit Cafeteria

  • MV Abegweit lounge

  • Borden Lounge MV Abegweit

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings