and Nova Scotia agree to invest in construction of new ferry
1949 ( late )
Canadian Maritime Commission
starts reviewing possible sites in New England for building ferry terminal for new proposed ferry. At least dozen possible
sites selected, but from beginning Bar Harbor has the edge because it is closest to Yarmouth, has deep water, paved roads
and a history of service to people on vacation.
1949 - Nov, Dec
Bar Harbor President of Chamber
of Commerce announce to the press that they have been talking to the Canadian Maritime Commission for several months about
Bar Harbor for the site of the proposed ferry.
1949 - December
Minister announces that the federal and Nova Scotia governments will share the capital cost of a $3 million ferry that
will run between Yarmouth and the state of Maine. While the Transport Minister formally thanks the Chamber of Commerce
president by mail for their information and support from Bar Harbor, a selection has not been made known at this time
1950 January 23
John D Rockefeller Jr writes from New York to Lester B Pearson Minister of
External Affairs and states that since it has been announced that Maine will get the ferry, he understands that Nova Scotia
representatives are in favor of Boston as the destination.
The purpose of Mr Rockefeller's letter to the Canada's External Affairs Minister was to indicate his
full support and to find if a decision has been made or how Bar Harbor citizens could further assist with a decision.
1950 - Feb 14
Pearson acknowledges letter and advised he has been away but has forward his
concern to the Canadian Maritime Commission.
1950 March 13
Governments of Canada and Nova
Scotia meet in Halifax to discuss the ferry and announce that it will be a joint venture and that CNR would perate the vessel.
The detailed design is being prepared by naval architects Milne, Gilemore and German of Montreal and will
be 350 feet long, 66 feet wide, have 5 decks , room for 200 vehicles and 1000 passengers.
When asked by T.Kirk MP Digby-Yarmouth when the vessel will be
ready for service, Minister of Transport Lionel Chevrier states Summer
1950 April 22
visit Bar Harbor to inspect area, no commitments announced although suspicion that some representatives favoured Bar Harbor.
1950 May 8
Maine Port Authority makes a premature announcement to press that Bar Harbor
has been selected as destination for new ferry. Since no official announcement was made by the Canadian government, a call
from a Bar Harbor official to Bangor stopped the article from being printed in local papers.
1950 June 5
Minister of Transport Lionel Chevrier responds
to questions by T.Kirk MP for Digby-Yarmouth and indicates that Canadian governments have not signed a formal finance
agreement to build the vessel, a site for the Maine terminal has not been selected -and- not only Yarmouth but several
other ports are being considered in Nova Scotia.
delays in building and delivery of materials could postpone the service until 1952.
1950 August 8
Harbor officials attend a meeting at the Canadian Maritime Commission in Ottawa. They are told that other Maine towns
have been advised that Bar Harbor has the most to offer with a round trip daily service. They are also told if Bar
Harbor fails to provide the facilities that they need, then Canada is prepared to negotiate with other towns. ‘Our
attitude is that Bar Harbor should be prepared to contribute something if they want the ferry
1950 November 17
By this point, Canada has announce that Yarmouth and Bar Harbor have been chosen for the ports of the new
ferry. Transport Minister announces that due to steel shortages, construction of the new ferry has been temporarily suspended.
Harbor is advised to continue to lobby for the construction of the new terminal. At a special town meeting, it is
voted unanimously in favour to follow Canada's recommendation to proceed and to purchase the Stotesbury property on
Eden Street for the terminal.
1951 January 11
Minister of Transport Lionel
Chevrier responds to Deputy Mayor of
Allen and indicates that since December, the situation of steel shortages from United States has worsened due to the
1951 December 12
Conservative MP George C Nowlan from Annapolis
Yarmouth Deputy Mayor that he has been
privately advised by Minister of Transport that steel is now available that he will be shortly making an announcement as
to when the ferry will definitely be constructed.
1952 March 7
Letter from Minister of Transport
to Yarmouth Deputy Mayor Allen
advises that ‘The
steel situation at this time will not allow us to proceed
vessel construction even though all plans are ready and tenders
be called on short notice.'
1952 March 19
Minister of Transport
is asked in the House of Commons by
MP George C Nowlan as to when the government will
tenders for vessel construction and replied ‘As soon as the steel
situation improves sufficiently.'
1952 June 20
In the House of Commons, Minister
of Transport announces that after
reviewing the situation
of scarce materials and consultation with Premier of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritime Commission, tenders can
proceed for the construction of the ferry.
The legislature of Maine has already authorized the construction of
approaches, pier head and conduction of the ferry terminal.
The size of the vessel has started to shrink from that of the original
proposal and is now at 600 passengers ( originally 1000) and 150 automobiles ( originally 200 ). Length with be
348 feet, 65 feet wide. It is expected to be in operation sometime in 1953.
1952 June 26
Harbor news headline - Canadian Ferry Certain for next year.
1952 July 9
Maine Port Authority is presented
with blueprints of the vessel and assurances are provided that the terminal will be built at Bar Harbor.
Copies of memorandum demanding the construction of the ferry terminal at Yarmouth are provided to Canadian Public
Works Minister Alphonse Fournier. It is revealed that Parliament has not allocated the funds for the construction
and also that the Federal Government have not purchased the required land at this point.
1952 October 9
Yarmouth Light newspaper reports that Liberal MP T. Kirk has announced that tenders will be opened next week
for the construction of the ship and that the Yarmouth Terminal will be ready when the vessel goes into service in 1954.