The first Bar Harbor to Yarmouth ferry Bluenose, began to take shape at Davies Shipbuilding in Quebec when her keel was
laid in July 1954. She was launched on May 25, 1955. Mrs. Louis St. Laurent, Canada’s first lady, reportedly christened
the ship by saying “I name this ship Bluenose and may God protect all who sail in her.”
vessel ran year-round until winter trips were discontinued in 1976. Bluenose continued with spring and fall tri-weekly service
and daily round trip service during summer months for the next six years.
On Oct. 16, 1982, the
M.V. Bluenose gently backed away from the dock at the Eden Street terminal in Bar Harbor at 8 a.m. for her last run.
following links and images provide information on the ship and crews that set a standard of service, that was maintained with
the Bluenose ferry service for forty-two years.