To get back and forth between my home town of Saint John and Lori’s in Yarmouth, we usually elect to take the ferry across the Bay of Fundy. The 2:20 cruise replaces a 7-8 hour drive to Yarmouth via Moncton, Truro, Halifax, Woflville and Digby. Personally, I enjoy the drive. Traveling with my girls though, turns the drive into a 8-10 hour journey due to the frequent bathroom, snack and hot drink pitstops. So the ferry is economical on that front.
The Fundy Rose is a new addition to the area. Bay Ferries bought her from the Greeks in 2015 to replace the beloved, old-school Princess of Acadia. The Princess was built right here in Saint John in 1971, back when Saint John had a shipyard and skilled people to build ships. She was a 480′ roll-on roll-off car carrier. She shuddered, moaned, rolled and was generally a good time. I’ll miss the old tub.
The 406′ Rose is a different animal all together. She was build in Korea in 2000 and is thoroughly modern. Having taken all the photos I thought I could take onboard the Princess, it was nice to get acquainted with a new muse if only for 4:50, round trip. This was a bit of a trial run for a series I’ve thought up for Salt Magazine, exploring the vital and costly link the Government of Canada continues to maintain between Saint John and Digby.
The Bay of Fundy is a special place, boasting the worlds highest tides. We locals take it completely for granted, but it’s a magical sort of place for tourists.
Fishing is a source of income for many families in the region, and you can often see working boats from the decks of the ferry. The normal lens on the Rollei helps to illustrate the vastness of the bay.
The new ferry is clean and comfortable inside, and actually produces adequate heat during the frigid atlantic winter crossings. This is the first roll of HP5+ I’ve shot at box speed in months. I had forgotten how clean it is.
Images in this set are courtesy of my best friend, the Rolleiflex MX, f3.5 Xenar, loaded with my other best friend, Ilford HP5. Processing and scan are Ilfosol3 and Epson 3200. Colour images are from Apple iPhone 6.