Proud of our History - the SS Earl Grey

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 Earl Grey which serviced the Northumberland Strait between 1909 and 1914.

Named after Canada’s ninth Governor General, the SS Earl Grey was a powerful ice-breaking vessel that sailed between Georgetown, PEI and Pictou, NS. Unlike its predecessors, the vessel was better suited to travel through the winter ice of the Northumberland Strait with its 6500 horsepower and steel hull design. With upscale furnishings and the ability to effectively cross the Strait, it was a popular vessel amongst the customers it served.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the MV Marine Evangeline that sailed between Nova Scotia and Maine, and North Sydney and Port aux Basques between 1978 and 1992.