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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:09 PM

IMHO, while not exactly beautiful, it had more aesthetic lines than the newer boats....

Yes....the 'Smallwood' and its twin the 'Caribou'.

I had many crossings on those two. They were well liked 'workhorses' and crossed in just about any weather conditions. One memorable 7 hr overnight trip turned into 32 hrs when we couldn't dock in Port-aux-Basques due to winds and just sailed up and down the Nfld coast for an extra 24 hrs. We had a cabin and they kept us well-fed with complementary meals (but you had to pay for your beer!) Both went for scrap 7 years ago when the 'Puttees' and its twin the 'Highlanders' were acquired.

The 'Puttees' and 'Highlanders' were originally built for the Stena Line as English Channel Truck Ferries in the mid 2000s.....then modified with passenger accommodations when they were acquired by Marine Atlantic in 2010. Here's a great video of those mods:

The 'Atlantic Vision' (photo below).....has nicer lines and is used on the longer 16 hr run to Argentia, Nfld.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:01 PM

Speaking of "all-weather"....


When we were returning to home, from our auto tour of Newfoundland, the weather at Port-Aux-Basque was seriously foggy.  I would estimate perhaps 20 feet or so at one point.  We left plenty of time for the overnight sailing, and got there well before the fog got that thick.   But as we peered ahead thru our windshield while in the boarding lane, I couldn't imagine how the boat could ever get into port in that soup, and worried about where we would spend the night, along with the several hundred other's waiting.  


As the boat's arrival time came, we could still not see or hear anything.   All of a sudden, the public address system came to life, and it said:  "The Joseph and Clara Smallwood.....now arriving."

And dramatically it just seemed to materialize right in front of us, in the mist....

I was never so glad to see a boat, as that one.  We boarded and departed on schedule, the fog horn sounded, and we made the overnight run to North Sydney, arriving in a clear morning, on schedule. :cool:


okay on the blue!

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