Proud of our History - the MV Caribou

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 Caribou that serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1986-2010.

Named in honour of the original SS Caribou that was lost during World War II, the vessel could carry upwards of 1000 passengers per trip and hundreds of passenger and commercial vehicles. At the time the MV Caribou entered service it was the largest ferry ever built in Canada, significantly increased capacity and transformed passenger and freight ferry travel to and from Newfoundland.

During its 24 years of service, it is estimated that the MV Caribou made over 16,000 trips, carried approximately three million passengers and over two million vehicles between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

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 Northern Ranger that serviced coastal Newfoundland and Labrador communities from 1936-1966.

 

 

                
  • Circa 2000s

  • Docked in North Sydney circa 2000s

  • Circa 1990s

  • Docking in North Sydney circa 2000s

  • Docking in North Sydney circa 1996

  • Circa 1997

  • Under construction circa 1984

  • Circa 1990s

  • Circa 2000s

  • Docked in North Sydney circa 2000s

  • Docked in North Sydney circa 1980s

  • Interior Lounge

  • Departing Port aux Basques circa 1980s

  • Docked in North Sydney circa 1980s

  • Cafeteria

  • Seating Area

  • Vehicle Deck

  • Seating Area

  • Rick Hansen travelling during his Man in Motion Tour circa 1980s

  • Rick Hansen Boarding the vessel circa 1980s

  • Docking in Port aux Basques circa 2000s

  • Last Trip Port aux Basques circa 2010

  • Last Trip Port aux Basques circa 2010

  • Last Trip Port aux Basques circa 2010

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings

  • Photo submitted by Stephen Ings