Proud of our History - Time-Chartered vessels

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 some of the time-chartered vessels used by Marine Atlantic and its predecessors to transport people and supplies in Atlantic Canada.

Used for a variety of purposes through the decades, time-chartered vessels were primarily staffed by private company personnel and carried out a distinct mandate for a defined period of time. While the routes and reasons for the time-charters varied throughout the years, the role these vessels played in shipping freight and connecting people and communities was an invaluable part of the rail and marine service provided in Atlantic Canada. While the below photo gallery highlights some of the vessels used in this service, the photo listing is not exhaustive with other vessels playing a role through the years.

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

In next week’s blog posting we highlight the MV Stena Carrier that served the Port aux Basques-North Sydney crossing from 1970-1974.

  • Thank you to Grant Thomas for submitting this photo.

  • Thank you to Grant Thomas for submitting this photo.