Proud of our History - The SS Glencoe

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 Glencoe, a Newfoundland coastal boat that served from 1900-1959.

Named after a location in Scotland, the SS Glencoe was the longest serving vessel of the so-called alphabet fleet. During its years of service it spent most of its time travelling the waters and visiting the communities of southern Newfoundland. At 208 feet in length and weighing 767 tonnes, the vessel was larger than most others in the alphabet fleet and helped deliver supplies such as food, fuel and clothing to residents in remote and isolated areas.

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In our next blog posting we highlight the SS Scotia II that carried freight and passengers across the Strait of Canso and Northumberland Strait between 1915 and 1965.

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas