Proud of our History - the SS Clyde

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 Clyde, a Newfoundland Coastal boat that operated from 1900-1948.

A member of the ‘alphabet fleet’, the SS Clyde was named after a location in Scotland as designated by the Reid Newfoundland Company. The vessel spent most of its time connecting communities in Notre Dame Bay with its main dock located in Lewisporte. The coastal boats were a welcome site in remote communities as it was a lifeline for residents in need of vital supplies such as food, fuel and clothing. At 155 feet in length and weighing 439 tonnes, the vessel had the ability to ship significant volumes of freight during each sailing.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the SS Stanley which served the Northumberland Strait crossing from 1888-1909.