All Aboard! Exploring the Newfoundland Railway

Railway / Coastal History

Railway/Coastal Boat Service

Alphabet Fleet Slideshow

The S.S. Fife under steam in St. John's harbour.
The Alphabet Fleet was owned originally by the Reid Newfoundland Railway. The first eight ships, built in Scotland just before the turn of the 20th century, were given names associated with Scotland; each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet and ending with 'E'. They were: Argyle, Bruce, Clyde, Dundee,Ethie, Fife, Glencoe and Home. New vessels were added in subsequent years - Invermore, Kyle, Lintrose and Meigle. They were all coastal vessels carrying passengers and freight to all regions of Newfoundland and linking the outports together before the days of roads. Provincial Archives, The Rooms.

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