Proud of our History - SS Prince Rupert

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

A direct ancestor of the modern day Bay of Fundy Service, the SS Prince Rupert was the last of the paddlewheelers used between Saint John and Digby. With the ability to travel at an impressive 21 knots, the 260 foot vessel helped consolidate the Fundy service by forcing its competition out of business and becoming the main link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the late 1800s.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the SS Northumberland which operated between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia/New Brunswick from 1891-1919.

  • SS Prince Rupert off Digby, NS circa 1900

  • Lower deck cabin