Theodore O’Hara

The Theodore O’Hara ferry provides service between Port Bickerton and Issacs Harbour in Nova Scotia. The ferry is a double-ended passenger and car cable-propelled ferry, intended to carry up to 15 full size passenger cars stowed in three lanes and a total complement of 74 (including passengers and crew).

“Theodore O’Hara” was designed by E.Y.E. Marine Consultants to the most recent Transport Canada “Vessel Fire Safety Regulations”, and built by A.F. Theriault  Shipyard. The ferry was launched in Meteghan, NS on July 26th, 2021. The Theodore O’hara is the first of two sister vessels, this one replacing the previous vessel “Stormont II” in Country Harbour, Nova Scotia.


Length Registered: 23.9 meters
Beam: 14.0 meters
Depth: 2.1 meters
Design Draft: 1.33 meters
Vessel Type: Passenger/ 15 Car Ferry
Complement: 74 total
Classification: Sheltered Waters
Main Engines: 2 x  CAT C7.1 Gensets
Propulsion: cable driven
Cruise Speed: 5 knots
Max Speed: 5 knots
Fuel Oil Capacity:  7500 litres
Water Capacity:  1987 litres
Owner: NSTIR
Shipyard: A.F. Theriault and Sons Ltd.

Machinery and Auxiliary Systems

The ferry is fitted with two Caterpillar C7.1 generators that provide power for the ship, as well as power for the hydraulic motors for ramp control and the bullwheels driving the cable.  Cooling for the generators is provided by radiators on the deckhouse roof.  Heat recovered from the exhaust system is used to keep ice from forming inside the cable pipes.


The ferry is outfitted with all Transport Canada required safety and navigational equipment, including an emergency boat and davit.


The ferry is steel construction with an aluminum wheelhouse.  The ferry scantlings were determined in accordance with ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges.

Design Drawings

Additional Vessel Pictures