Proud of our History - the SS St. George

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 St. George that sailed the Bay of Fundy service between Saint John and Digby in 1913 and 1914.

At 352 feet in length, the vessel had the capacity to carry upwards of 1100 passengers per crossing. With its triple-turbine engines, the SS St. George could travel at a speed of 22 knots and was amongst the fastest passenger vessels to have serviced the Saint John-Digby route at that time. After only two years serving the Bay of Fundy, the vessel was sent to help the war effort in Europe. It was subsequently sold and remained in Europe at the end of World War I.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the Digby, N.S., ferry terminal which had an historical attachment to Marine Atlantic and its predecessors from 1894 to 1997.