Island Mercy




Newfoundland Coastal Ferry Donated for Mercy

he sailed for 11 years as Good Samaritan, serving the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. During that decade-plus, she carried cargo and personnel to the Pan-American games for the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1991, and became the first ship to legally sail between the United States and Cuba in 30 years.

In 1994, she underwent extensive renovations, including the addition of onboard operating rooms, and was renamed Island Mercy. She was redeployed to the South Pacific where she served until 2001. To her crew, she was affectionately known as “Little Giant.”

Ship History

The former Newfoundland coastal ferry Petite Forte was donated to Mercy Ships in 1983. She sailed for 11 years as Good Samaritan serving the Caribbean, Central, and South America, until 1994 when she was renamed Island Mercy and redeployed to the South Pacific where she served until 2001.

Island Mercy focused on eye and dental services, and carried cargo and a permanent crew of 60 people. Her shallow draft allowed her access where larger Mercy Ships could not reach.

Ship Specifications

Fleet Dates1983 - 2001
Crew Capacity80
Main Engine2 Crossley Diesels (1,100 bhp each)
Draft3.8 m
Gross Tonnage998
BuiltCanada, 1961
Surveyed byLloyds