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  • In 2017, Canada celebrates 150 years and Marine Atlantic is proud to join in the celebration.  Portholes to the Past vignettes celebrate Marine Atlantic and its role in connecting Canadians, from far and wide.

    Every year, Marine Atlantic connects more than 300,000 visitors to and from Newfoundland and Labrador, creating lasting memories for travellers.  As you explore Canada this year, consider these portholes to the past and how they have helped shape our great country.


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  • On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox dipped his foot in the Atlantic Ocean at Canada’s easternmost capital, St. John's, NL. Twenty-five days later, he reached Port aux Basques on Newfoundland’s west coast. Marine Atlantic connected him to mainland Canada so that he could continue his Marathon of Hope. His legacy lives on through the millions of dollars that The Terry Fox Foundation continues to raise for cancer research.




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  • In 1898, the SS Bruce began offering direct passage between Port aux Basques, NL and North Sydney, NS. This vital marine link complemented the Newfoundland Railway — together, they offered modern transportation that made long weekend getaways possible. The first voyage carried passengers from Newfoundland to Cape Breton, to enjoy Dominion Day festivities with their Canadian neighbours.




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  • As the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War loomed, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command chartered the MV Atlantic Freighter to transport supplies. A Marine Atlantic crew volunteered to make the perilous trip, entering the Gulf in the midst of war. They safely delivered their cargo and returned to North Sydney, NS to relieved families and a hero’s welcome.




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  • The first ferry to bring both cars and passengers to and from Newfoundland, the MV William Carson was commissioned in 1955. Imagine the excitement as passengers could now drive their vehicles onto the ferry. For road trip enthusiasts, it ushered in a whole new era of travel. Now Canadians could truly explore the country from coast to coast by automobile. 




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  • Hurricane Igor devastated parts of Newfoundland and Labrador in September 2010. When the Canadian Forces needed to transport military personnel and emergency supplies to the province, Marine Atlantic and its employees were there to help. The MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood transported troops and equipment to Argentia to ensure that vital resources reached hard-hit communities as quickly as possible.




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  • The MV Trepassey was crucial to trade from 1945-63. Part of the so-called “Splinter Fleet” — 10 wooden boats crafted by master shipbuilders in Clarenville, NL during World War II — it carried salt cod to the Caribbean, and returned loaded with goods such as coal, molasses and Jamaican rum to be bottled as Newfoundland Screech.



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