Torquil MacLean

The Torquil MacLean Ferry provides a means of accessing the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton across the head of Saint Ann’s Bay (Englishtown to Jersey Cove). The service runs year round, except when the ice flows are in, 24 hours a day. The run is approximately 3 minutes and has a length of 150m. The ferry is a double ended passenger and car cable ferry.

The Torquil MacLean ferry sees the largest ridership of all the provincial ferries in the fleet. TEST

The ferry was designed by EYE for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) in 2006. The ferry was built by A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd in Meteghan, NS and completed in 2007 with EYE providing the onsite representation and technical advisor services for NSTIR. The ferry entered service in 2007 and was registered with Transport Canada at that time.



LOA: 25.98 metres
Beam: 14.0 metres
Depth: 2.13 metres
GRT: 201.02 tonnes
Vessel Type: Passenger/Car Ferry
Complement: 97 passengers
2 crew – (99 total)
Classification: Minor Waters Class I
Main Engines: 1 x 311 BHP @1800RPM CAT C9
Propulsion: 1 x Haggluund
Cable and Bullwheels
Speed: 6 knots
Fuel Capacity: 7 500 litres
Water Capacity: 1 500 litres
Owner: NSTIR 
Shipyard: A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd


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