Proud of our History - SS Burgeo

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 Burgeo which served Newfoundland coastal communities and the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia service from 1940-1969.

Named after the community on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, the SS Burgeo spent many years connecting coastal Newfoundland communities and provided the Port aux Basques-North Sydney service for a number of years following the tragic sinking of the SS Caribou in 1942. Measuring 242 feet in length, the vessel could travel at speeds of 12 knots, carry 122 passengers and transport significant volumes of freight per crossing.

As always, we welcome your photos for posting in a future blog. Please email your photos to socialmedia@marineatlantic.ca including any facts such as the date and location.

In next week’s blog posting we highlight Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, which was a key home port for ferries connecting mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton until 1955.

 

Feature image provided by Grant Thomas.

                
  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

    Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

    Photo submitted by Grant Thomas