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Bedeque Historical Museum hosting history circle and exhibit about the ferries

SS Chartlottetown in 1940
SS Chartlottetown in 1940

To mark the centenary of the first ferry crossing between Port Borden and Cape Tormentine, N.B., the Bedeque Area Historical Museum has launched a new temporary exhibition “The Borden Ferry – 100”.

SS Prince Edward in the 1960s

For eighty years, from 1917 to 1987, the ferry was the principal means of transport to and from the mainland for Islanders and their goods and produce. The establishment of the ferry service also led to the creation of Port Borden, which, because many workers on the ferry moved to live near their workplace, evolved into the town of Borden, today known as Borden-Carleton.

The exhibition features 10 poster boards telling the stories of the various vessels used in the crossing and also of some of the workers. It also displays many items from the collections of past ferry workers and descendants of workers, as well as some major items from the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation.

The exhibition is funded in part by the government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund.

The exhibit will open Saturday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the summer, it can be viewed Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

In addition, on July 10 at 7 p.m. the museum will host a history circle on the ferry, in which past ferry workers will share their memories of working on the ferries up to their closure in 1997. The circle will be held in the community room of the William Callbeck Centre in Central Bedeque. Admission is free with donations welcome.

Further information is available on the museum’s website, on the Facebook page: Bedeque Area Historical Museum or by phone at 902-887-3009.

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