Proud of our History - the MV Marine Evangeline

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 Marine Evangeline that sailed between Nova Scotia and Maine, and North Sydney and Port aux Basques between 1978 and 1992.

Named after Evangeline, the main character of Henry Longfellow’s poem describing the life and upheaval of the Acadian people of Nova Scotia, the vessel serviced the Yarmouth-Portland route, Yarmouth-Bar Harbor route and the North Sydney-Port aux Basques route at different periods during its 15 years of service. At 361 feet in length, 58 feet wide and 10,200 horsepower, the vessel was designed and had the ability to carry upwards of 40 tractor trailers per crossing, as well as passenger vehicles.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the SS Clyde, a Newfoundland Coastal boat that operated from 1900-1948.