Post by Northern Exploration on Mar 6, 2009 20:11:04 GMT -8
Thanks Neil - I was hoping someone would either catch the ferry off the Lions Gate or from Prospect Point. The view from above is unique and likely won't be seen for a long time again (unless of course a Vancouver openhouse crops up unexpectedly). You can see the helicopter pick off point aft of the funnel on the topmost deck. I am pretty sure that is the yellow markings there you can see.
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service
Albeit very late in the day, or early in the morning I should say......Here's my photos from today.
I just happened to check in to the forum when the Norex was passing Entrance Island, which was when I immediately packed my books and hit the road. By the time I got to Cilaire, (the housing developement beside Departure Bay terminal, I could see the Norex through the trees. So I ran down the trail and stairs like I had stolen something. But, thankfully she was crawling along, and was in no rush to dock at all. I set the video camera up on a rock, and snapped away at photos.
The Renaissance and Norex did a horn salute in the Bay. You had to really use your ear to figure out who was sounding their horn, since they both have identical horns. The Norex approached Berth 1 very slowly, and I was very surprised to see the plug they built for the Norex, which you'll see a photo of in a minute.
The process of the docking was somewhat painful to watch, because it took a long time to maneuver into the dock. But eh, she's brand new, and we don't want to wreck her on the first docking. As soon as her bow was close enough to the turning dolphin, the anchor was dropped.
It'd be nice to have this guys job! He gets to stand in front of the bridge windows getting ready to throw the Breast lines to the terminal attendants on the turning Dolphins.
This allowed for her stern to turn around into the dock. I love the sound of the thrusters. She really growls, followed by a wave of white wash.
The timing couldn't have been more perfect for the tides, because they were going down more and more as the day progressed, allowing for me to get closer and closer. Time to tie her up!
There goes the starboard mooring lines.
And, he misses....
Then the ramp finally comes down, an hour after the Renaissance departed. This marks official docking at 16:08, for those who were tracking.
The fun's not over yet....time to go and see her at different views....
The night time photos will be posted tomorrow....I need to get to sleep.
Thanks Kam for the pics. Funny seeing the odd geek among the geese in your album.
hehe... what do you call a bunch of ferry geeks? Is that a flock of geeks?
(With the background music A la Hinterland Who's Who and mellow voiceover.) "Here we have the common Ferricus Geekicus. Notice the cool weather plumage of the white hoodie. The ever present backpack to store essentials such as ferry binders and other momentos. Another common trait of the species is the two handed display showing off the ability to video and snap stills at the same time. The common range is usually confined to 100 metres of a ferry terminal with most often being on a ferry itself. As you can see the species will share its territory with other species such as sea gulls and the Common Canada Geese as long as they don't get in the way of its prey. Occasionally plumage varies, even extending to unusual skin markings in various Ferricus shapes. The species mounts a territorial display to other members of the species, competing with who can produce the best visual record of their rituals. For more information on the Ferricus Geekicus or other wildlife visit Hinterland Who's Who." This message sponsored by Nikon, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.