THE RESUMPTION of daily ferry service between New England and Nova Scotia on May 15 revives a historic link that has waned of late. The two regions share a strong kinship, symbolized by the gift of a Christmas tree from Halifax to Boston every year, and in recent decades overnight ferries became a summertime tradition. But a high-speed catamaran replaced the traditional ferry on the Portland-to-Yarmouth route in 2004, draining all the romance out of the trip. Losing money, the service ceased in 2009.
The new service, subsidized by the Nova Scotia government, will take a more civilized 10 hours to transport New Englanders to a faraway land of lobstermen, lighthouses, candlepin bowling, and Bruins fans. If the Portland ferry proves successful, Nova Scotia should consider connecting to Boston next. More than just a travel option, it would be a reminder of continuing ties.