The day the Charles A. Dunning ran aground

October 5th 1951 was a grey, foggy ghostlike day. Pictou Island’s Spike MacDonald had returned from Caribou with his lobster boat and reported that the car ferry operating between Caribou and Prince Edward Island, the Charles A. Dunning, had run aground on the Gull Rock Reef. It was blowing a gale from the northeast the...

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Petition for ferry in 1911

The fertile land on Pictou Island made for excellent pastures which produced fine beef, pork and mutton products during the 1900s. Many islanders grew far more garden produce then their family could use. Lack of transportation to the mainland made it almost impossible for them to benefit from their labour which resulted in much of...

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Feds commit to ferry service

PICTOU – The federal agreement laid out a long-term commitment today (May 5) to the local ferry service. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay joined P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLaughlan during the announcement that took place in Belfast, P.E.I. The long-term federal commitment is to support ferry service operated by Northumberland Ferries...

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Tragedies mar winter of 1951

October 5th 1951 was a grey, foggy ghostlike day. Pictou Island’s Spike MacDonald had returned from Caribou with his lobster boat and reported that the car ferry operating between Caribou and Prince Edward Island, The Charles A. Dunning, had run aground on the Gull Rock Reef. It was blowing a gale from the northeast the...

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MacFarlane joins PEI MLA for call to action on MV Holiday Island ferry

CARIBOU – Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is  calling for a greater sense of urgency about the ongoing delays with the MV Holiday Island which continue to stretch longer into the summer tourism season. She joined Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton today and jointly travelled across the Northumberland Strait on the MV Confederation, meeting with...

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Liberals missed the boat with Yarmouth ferry deal

To the Editor: The Yarmouth ferry will sail for 99 days this year.  As I write this, eight of those are in the books. That’s right, eight per cent of the season is over. Eight per cent is not insignificant. So how are things going? In a word: badly. If everything were to go according...

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