Proud of our History - SS Baccalieu

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 Baccalieu, a Newfoundland coastal boat that served from 1940-1969.

Named after the uninhabited Island of Baccalieu located at the head of Conception Bay on Newfoundland’s east coast, the SS Baccalieu was the sister ship to the SS Burgeo. 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. It was considered a vital link to connecting coastal communities during its time in service.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the MV Jarl Transporter which served the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing in 1973 and 1974.

  • Photo submitted by Grant Thomas

    Photo submitted by Grant Thomas