The Tancook Ferry
The first ferry was built by Wesley Stevens in 1933
and owned by Willis Crooks, an engineer. It was called the Gerald L. C. and
made its first run in 1935. Stanley Mason, a famous Tancook boat builder,
built the second ferry. It made its first run in 1939 and could carry 25
passengers. It ran until 1944 and was called S.G. Mason.
In 1944 Stanley Mason built the T.I. Service
which could carry 40 passengers, the mail,
and a small amount of freight. In 1948 the provincial government bought the
vessel and took over the ferry service. The T.I. Service operated until
In 1961 Dept. of Transportation built the Shoreham. It could hold 75
passengers and was better equipped to handle the growing needs of the
islanders. It was more reliable in winter and could handle more freight. The
Shoreham did its last run in June of 1982.
The present ferry, William G. Ernst was
built by Georgetown Shipyards in Prince Edward Island. It made its first run
in June of 1982. It can hold 146 passengers and 4 crew- members. It is
fitted with the most modern equipment, has a steel crane for loading
freight, and is very reliable during the winter months.