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MV Bluenose - 1955
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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.” 
 
The 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.
 
The 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.

 

MV Bluenose - Wireless Operators

Passenger Reflections - Early Passenger Images

MV Bluenose - Black and White Images

Bluenose(55) Machinery & Control Spaces

MV Bluenose - Memorabilia and Artifacts

Bluenose Ferry - A Chronological History of Events

Slide Show

Bluenose - The Vessels

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Launch of MV Bluenose May 25th, 1955 at Davies Shipbuilding. Lauzon Quebec

Launch Day Photos courtesy of SHIPSEARCH (Marine)

 

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Refit at Halifax Industries Graving Dock - circa ?

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Captain Reg Collier at helm, Quarter Master Frank O'Neil(l) left, and unkown crewman, late 1970's

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Capt H. G. Hall, Chief Officer D Taggart at helm

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Radio officer Henry Whitehead ( standing), Radio Officer David Vail

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Norman E. Doucette, 2nd cook for many years on the Bluenose and latter became Chef
 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

MV Bluenose (1955)

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