Proud of our History - SS Lintrose

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 Lintrose which serviced the Port aux Basques-North Sydney route from 1913-1915.


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Measuring 255 feet in length and weighing 1,616 tons, the SS Lintrose replaced the second SS Bruce as the primary vessel operating the Gulf service between Port aux Basques and North Sydney. Considered a sister ship to the second SS Bruce, it performed well in ice and offered improved sound proofing and watertight compartments that were popular amongst passengers. In 1915, similar to the fate of the second SS Bruce two years before, the vessel was sold to the Russian Government as part of allied combat activities associated with World War I.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the SS Burgeo which served Newfoundland coastal communities and the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia service from 1940-1969.