Proud of our History - MV Ambrose Shea

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 Ambrose Shea which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney and Argentia-North Sydney crossings between 1967 and 1989.

Named after the prominent 19th century Newfoundland politician, the vessel was an important part of the Gulf service for 22 years. The first ferry to service the seasonal Argentia route, it could carry up to 525 passengers per trip and offered a number of amenities to customers. When not sailing the Argentia service during the summer months, the vessel was busy transporting passengers and vehicles between North Sydney and Port aux Basques and was considered a stalwart part of the fleet.

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 Prince Rupert which serviced the Digby-Saint John route from 1885-1913.

                
  • MV Ambrose Shea docked in Argentia circa 1980s

  • MV Ambrose Shea docked in Argentia circa 1980s

  • MV Ambrose Shea docked in North Sydney circa 1980s

  • MV Ambrose Shea circa 1980s

  • MV Ambrose Shea docked in North Sydney circa 1980s

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas