A very strange design indeed. Built in 1982 in Saint John, New Brunswick for a reputed $60 million (CAD). She was a full ro-pax with capability for standard gauge rail cars, trucks/lorries and automobiles.
She was the last icebreaking ferry to ever work in Prince Edward Island, her last operational sailing as a ferry being on May 31, 1997 - the day that Confederation Bridge opened to traffic.
M/V Abegweit was moved to Sydport in Point Edward, Nova Scotia (on Sydney Harbour) and languished for sale for 2 long years as nobody would touch her due to the strange design. The design of her superstructure incidentally, was due to her working the shallow and relatively sheltered waters of the Northumberland Strait, therefore no need for a hurricane bow, etc. Apparently some potential buyers looked at her for use as a dedicated railcar ferry in either the Great Lakes or Gulf of Mexico but there were no takers.
She was sold to Accrued Investments of Houston, Texas in summer 1999 and sailed to Galveston, Texas where she languished for sale until February 2004. She had been sold effective Jan. 1 to Bridgend Shipping? of St. Vincent? and was under care of Jupiter Shipmanagement of India. The end of February she sailed for Alang and Lloyd's lists her as demolished on May 9, 2004.