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M.V.Ambrose Shea at Sydney, Cape Breton 1981
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No: 2139   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1981   Manufacturer: Vickers Montreal, Canada   Country: Canada
M.V.Ambrose Shea at Sydney, Cape Breton 1981

Marine Atlantic ferry Ambrose Shea in snow flurries at Point Edward (ex Naval Base), Sydney, Nova Scotia laid up for winter 1980-81. Built 1967 for CN Marine and sold to Greek Vergina Ferries in 1991 to become Queen Vergina operating in Med until laid up in 2000. Disp:9,934 tons, length 391 ft, beam 70.8 ft, draught 20.7 ft. Service speed 17.5 knots.
Picture added on 15 May 2007
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My father worked for this company for 32 years, on this ship for many of them, I remember taking trips on her as a young boy. I later worked for the company for 13 years.

Added by Jim Flynn on 15 May 2007.
Hello Jim: What route and which ships were you working? Ken Watson

Added by Ken Watson on 15 May 2007.
I worked on the Newfoundland / Nova Scotia routes Mostly on the Smallwood. Also worked on the Erickson, Caribou, and Atlantic Freighter.


Added by Jim Flynn on 17 May 2007.
My father worked with C.N. for some 37 years and spent many years on the Shea. Where can I find a pic of her now?

Added by on 25 November 2007.
Hi, .
Nice pic of the shea, My dad was with marine Atlantic for 40 years, he is enjoying his retirement now. I her him say alote that is misses the comradely of the guys. My father was chief cook John Laite. I grew up on the shea, I guess I caught the water bug also. I have worked for 10 years on the semi submersed oil platforms as a 2nd engineer, great money if you can stay away for 6 months or more.
I am 42 and retired with full pension now. and I am missing the sea also.

Added by John Barry Laite on 16 June 2008.
My dad Leonard Cumby worked on the Shea as an oiler for many years. He has been retired for several now. He still misses the sea. As a child I once did the Gulf run with my dad and was realy marveled how much he understood about this vessel. He still talks of her as if he was boarding the ferry this minute

Added by Bernard Cumby on 21 June 2009.
This vessel sunk years ago

Added by Michael Breen on 25 May 2010.
I was privileged to meet and know Captain Michael Talbot, Master of MV Abrose Shea, but a brief while shortly before this gentleman retired to his lovely garden on Cape Breton.

Added by Michael Kempton-Jones on 03 July 2010.
Yes!,
It may have sunk years ago after she was sold over seas, but to the old guys like my father whos 80 he talks abote her and every other boat he worked on for years.
Thanks for the info

John Barry Laite Jr.

Added by Barry Laite on 06 July 2010.
My father was skipper of the MV Ambrose Shea in the early to mid 70's when he retired.

Added by Pete Chaytor on 09 December 2010.
What was the sailing schedule when the Shea was on the NS to Argentia run? I believe the crossing time was 19 hours. What times did she land in Argentia?

Added by John O'Rourke on 19 April 2015.
Anyone know who were the pursers on the Shea in 1974

Added by Joy on 07 March 2016.
I remember the Ambrose Shea docking at Argentia while I was stationed in the Navy there in the early 70's...was wondering what became of her!

Added by Ken Johnson former USN Seabee on 02 May 2017.
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