December 8, 2016 3:10 pm
Updated: December 8, 2016 4:51 pm

Auction of Halifax harbour ferry ‘Dartmouth III’ floated on Kijiji

Halifax's decommissioned 'Dartmouth III' passenger ferry is in need of a new owner. If you're interested, bidding starts $150,000.


Shoppers in search of a deal hunt Kijiji and other online buy-and-sell sites for all kinds of items — but a Halifax harbour ferry is likely not one they’d expect to stumble upon.

However, if a Halifax harbour ferry is what you’re in the market for, you’re in luck.

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The recently decommissioned Dartmouth III floated onto Kijiji on Monday. If you have an appetite to get into the bidding which starts at $150,000, the 1978 passenger ferry could be yours.

The ferry is now considered surplus after having been taken out of service in July 2016, after the Viola Desmond joined the fleet.

According to the ad — which was placed on Kijiji by the government auction site, who is taking care of selling the boat — its last known working condition was “working.”  But the batteries do need replacing.

The ad says the ferry has no notable damage, no known issues and hasn’t had any recent repairs.

If you’re going to take the ferry off the city’s hands, though, you have to have all your ducks in a row before pick up.

“The onus will be on the winning bidder to prepare all documentation for export with no assistance from the seller,” the ad reads.

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According to Halifax spokesperson Tiffany Chase, any revenue from the sale of the Dartmouth III will go into a transit capital reserve fund.

If the city fails to sell the boat, Chase said they would look at other options such as deconstructing it and selling parts, however they’re hoping to sell it as is.

The auction for the ferry closes on Jan. 9, 2017.

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