Proud of our History - The tugboat Taskall

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 tugboat Taskall which had an attachment to Marine Atlantic and its predecessors between 1958 and 1997.



Built in 1958 to help the operations of the Newfoundland Dockyard which was owned and operated by Canadian National (CN) at the time, the tugboat Taskall helped guide vessels destined for the dockyard in and out of St. John’s harbour. Weighing 28 gross tonnes and measuring 42 feet in length, the tugboat was recognized as an important and familiar vessel on the St. John’s waterfront for several decades. The vessel remained part of Marine Atlantic’s service until the Newfoundland Dockyard was sold in 1997.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the MV Lucy Maud Montgomery which serviced the Cape Tormentine-Borden crossing and the North Sydney-Port aux Basques crossing between 1969 and 1975.