On 1 March 2004, the Joshua Slocum ferry was retired from the service of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, after thirty years of carrying automobiles and passengers over the two ferry routes on Digby Neck. On 17 March tender number 60122548 was issued, closing at 2:00pm on 14 April, for the "disposal of one surplus 15-vehicle ferry known as the Joshua Slocum, located in Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia." The Joshua Slocum was built in 1973, and was the oldest vessel in province's fleet, which consists of seven operating ferries and two spares (four are cable ferries).
Particulars of the Joshua Slocum:
Gross Registered Tonnes: 240.4
Propulsion power: two Caterpillar diesel engines, 365 horsepower each
Built: 1973 in Dartmouth
The Joshua Slocum is offered for sale "as is, where is"
Estimated value as is: C$200,000
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 18 March 2004
Links to Relevant Websites
Joshua Slocum by Islands Community Access Program
Brier Island and Westport Village
Brier Island Lighthouse Brier Island
Grand Passage Lighthouse Brier Island