Proud of our History - SS Northumberland

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 Northumberland which operated between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia/New Brunswick from 1891-1919.

A predecessor to the Borden, PEI, and Cape Tormentine, NB, service, the SS Northumberland travelled between Charlottetown, PEI, and Pictou, NS, and Summerside, PEI, and Pointe du Chene, NB, before the more modern service was established. With triple expansion engines and 2500 horsepower, the steamship helped transport passengers and goods across the Northumberland Strait for almost three decades.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the Argentia, NL, ferry terminal which has served customers since 1967.