Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sir Robert Bond .......What will become of her

What will happen to the Bond, no one seems to know. I am thinking she will be put up for sale, and if no takers on that, then you will see her go to scrap. The Bond has a long history, at first being built as a train ferry in 1975 to run between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, she was converted to carry passengers after the William Carson sank in 1977 and has been running out of Lewisporte during the summer ever since.
The Labrador freight and ferry service was handed to the Provincial Government in 1998 and a big chunk of money, along with the Bond and Ranger, but with the advancements in road construction in Labrador there is no longer a need for a ferry out of Lewisporte, therefore the Bond spends her time now tied up.
The Bond just shifted berths in Lewisporte last week, now she is snug and tight for the winter.
The Bond still looks pretty good for her age at almost 40 years old (photos taken by my dad)

1 comment:

snocky said...

Dean, you forgot to mention her running the last few years from corner brook to blanc sablon in winter, therefore she wasn,t laid up then. I suspect if we get a real cold spell she will do that run again as the apollo is not suited for service when ice forms.An awful costly venture last year out of corner brook with so much ice but what is alternative other than a new modern icebreaker. "BOB"