Pat Sullivan of Nova Scotia Tourism, Yarmouth MLA and Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill, Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood and Consul General Pat Binns in Boston on Monday.
By Tina Comeau
The Nova Star was christened in Boston on Monday, May 12, as the ship moves closer to the start-up of ferry service later this week.
Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood broke the ceremonial bottle on champagne on the ship’s bow during the ceremony in Boston.
“I’m humbled to pay such a big part in this event,” she told the Vanguard from Boston, giving credit to everyone who played a role seeing ferry service restored between Portland and Yarmouth.
“It was an amazing team that got us this far,” she said, saying she wanted to thank “everyone who did anything.”
Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill, the province’s minister of Natural Resources, was also in Boston, representing the premier and the provincial government.
“There is excitement on this side of the border about the return of our ferry. The US officials are optimistic and vocal about the importance of this link,” said Churchill.
“I've heard from many Americans during this visit about the Nova Scotia tourism ads. Clearly we are reaching our audience. We just need to keep pushing to get them on the boat," he added. "This visit provided us with a great opportunity to reach out to Bostonians who represent a major part of the market for the ferry and share with them a glimpse of what awaits them when they reach the shores of our province.”
The Nova Star leaves Portland on Thursday evening for the maiden voyage of its inaugural season. It arrives in Yarmouth at 8 a.m. on Friday.
On Saturday the ship was opened to public tours in Portland. Nova Star Cruises says more than 1,400 people toured the vessel.
Following Monday’s port of call visit in Boston, the Nova Star was visiting Portsmouth on Tuesday for another port of call visit. Local dignitaries and tourism officials were among those being invited on board the vessel during these visits. Public tours were not available due to scheduling constraints and security issues in the ports.
Here's a link to coverage from the Portland Press Herald of the christening.