Proud of our History - the original MV Confederation

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 Confederation which serviced the Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick crossing from 1962-1975.

Introduced specifically to transport the increasing number of tourists travelling to and from Prince Edward Island, it was the first vessel on the service with the ability for customers to drive their cars on and off the vessel (known as roll on, roll off or ro-ro) through loading doors at both its bow and stern. With the ability to cross the Northumberland Strait up to 24 times per day, it was a fast vessel that could carry up to 60 vehicles per crossing.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the MV Sir Robert Bond which served the North Sydney-Port aux Basques crossing and the Labrador coastal service from 1975-1997.

  • MV Confederation, MV Vacationland and MV Holiday Island circa 1970s

  • Circa 1962

  • Circa 1960s

  • Interior seating lounge

  • Circa 1960s

  • Circa 1960s

  • Circa 1960s

  • MV Confederation being launched circa 1961