The ship is the third in CSL history to have the name Thunder Bay and company president Louis Martel said with these new Trillium Class vessels, they decided to use older names.
The other two ships named Thunder Bay were named before 1970, the year that Port Arthur and Fort William joined to become the city of Thunder Bay. Therefore the name Thunder Bay is taken from the bay of the same name. The only Thunder Bay named thing around here prior to 1970.
You see, the company is reusing old ship names. It then follows that, once again, the name Thunder Bay refers to the bay and not the city. Its sad but true.
In fact, in the company’s press release dated August 7, 2013 unveiling Canada Steamship Lines newest vessel to the world, the City of Thunder Bay is not even mentioned. Strange?
All four Trillium Class vessels are named after bays. Three of these names also refer to cities located on those bays, but I believe the theme here are Great Lakes bays…not cities.
The name MV Whitefish Bay is named after a bay on Lake Superior as is the MV Thunder Bay. The MV Baie St. Paul and MV Baie Comeau are named after bays on the St. Lawrence River. They are not named after cities.
As far as I know, there is no Whitefish Bay Ontario.
The City of Thunder Bay can believe what it wants, and almost always does but the truth is, the ship is not named after the City of Thunder Bay. Its just not.