Proud of our History - MV Marine Cruiser

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 MV Marine Cruiser which served the North Sydney-Port aux Basques crossing and the Nova Scotia-Maine service from 1972 to 1978.

Formerly known as the MS Princess of Tasmania, the Australian vessel was initially brought to Canada for the crossing between North Sydney and Port aux Basques. Beginning in 1975, the renamed MV Marine Cruiser also spent part of the year travelling between Yarmouth and Maine. At 379 feet in length, a travelling speed of 16 knots and capacity for 389 passengers and 75 vehicles, the vessel helped address capacity issues that were being experienced on both service routes.

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In next week’s blog posting we highlight the MV Codroy, a Newfoundland freight boat that served coastal communities, the Cabot Strait crossing and Caribbean trading routes between 1945 and 1964.