The "Grand Manan" was built in Saint John in 1965, put into service in October that year. She was the main ferry from 1965 until 1990 when the "Grand Manan V" was put into service. After that she has been the supplementary vessel, adding service during the summer and during refit of the regular vessel.
The "black boat" as she is called locally, has very limited capacity to handle traffic, especially trucks, so the Island is attempting to cope with a difficult situation. Nevertheless, the faithful old ship can at least provide us with some essential contact.
The painting itself has never been displayed publicly, and will be featured in my show at the Grand Manan Art Gallery which opens on June 4. So if you would like a framed print, I will be happy to reserve one for you for delivery after the June 4 show opening.