Proud of our History - Mulgrave, Nova Scotia

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 Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, a key home port for ferries connecting mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton until 1955.

Dating back to the 1800s, the port of Mulgrave was considered the gateway to Cape Breton Island for many decades. An important and strategically located community on the Strait of Canso, the people of Mulgrave helped connect rail and road traffic travelling between mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Newfoundland on a daily basis. In 1955, the Canso Causeway opened providing a road network directly to Cape Breton, marking the end of the Mulgrave ferry service that played such a vital role in the Cape Breton and Newfoundland economies.

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In next week’s blog posting, we highlight the MV Marine Courier which served Newfoundland coastal communities from 1984-1996.