Thank you for your gracious offer, and I'd be glad to take you up on it.
Any photos of the Balfour in particular that you wouldn't mind taking would be greatly appreciated; the few photos that I have seen of it have intrigued me. And Karl brought up a wonderful idea that I hadn't thought of previously; interior shots would be delightful.
I hope this is in no way an inconvenience for you.
Post by Koastal Karl on Oct 6, 2004 15:01:11 GMT -8
Mr Fenklebaum I have a few photos on my yahoo photo page of the the Kootenay Lake ferries and a few of the Needle ferry from when I was on them this summer, if you would like to see them??? If so the address is
As do I. I recently undertook a voyage through all of the gulf islands, and I snapped many a photo of ferries. I realize that this is the non BC Ferry section, but I just wanted to let you know that I will be putting them up as soon as I can. Mill Bay, Howe Sound Queen, Klitsa, Quinitsa, Kahloke, Powell River Queen, Tenaka, North Island Princess and Nimpkish.
Ok I have some shots of the bridge on both the MV Balfour and Osprey 2000, along with some engine room shots of the MV Balfour. The only way I can send them is through the email or better through MSN Messenger, my hotmail only allows a certain small limit per photo and it makes it quite difficult. Let me know what works for you guys. Tonight is my last shift before the weekend, I will see if I can get some engine room shots of Osprey 2000 too.
Post by Shots of the Osprey Balfour on Oct 13, 2004 16:09:37 GMT -8
I have shots of both vessels inside and out, you may see them through Photobucket, the webpage is photobucket.com/albums/v475/DeckhandDirk/ Please let me know if you are able to view the webpage or not! Hopefully these are useful to you Fenklebaum! ;D
Post by Fenklebaum on Oct 13, 2004 23:06:59 GMT -8
YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN, SIR! I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU A HUNDRED TIMES OVER!
My sincerest thanks. These are of enormous help to me.
I should explain my intentions. I'm an amateur sketch artist, and I'm currently investigating the possibilities of getting BC Ferries to sell some of my sketches aboard their ferries. I've also begun investigating the possibility of doing the same with the inland ferries, although I don't expect much success.
Glad I could help ;D let me know if I can get more for you, its not a problem. You never know about selling some sketches around here, especially during the tourist season, we get a lot of Germans, Dutch and English coming on board during the summer and they always seem to be snapping up pics, so I could see them buying some of your sketches.
Post by Koastal Karl on Oct 14, 2004 13:48:20 GMT -8
Dirk, Would it be possible for you to get some interior photos of the Osprey??? And maybe a close up of the Osprey and Balfour??? The reason I ask is I dont have many good photos of the Balfour and Osprey, exterior and interior, so it would be much appreciated if you would be able to get some for me, ;D Thanks again! Those other ones you took, great too!
Those are to accomodate the new hydraulic ramps at the Balfour and Kootenay Bay terminals. When the Osprey came into service the car deck on it was higher than the old MV Anscomb, therefore we had to build a higher entrance/exit onto the MV Balfour, if we didn't do it, it would have been near impossible for traffic to get on and off because of the angle.
Post by apprentice oiler on Mar 15, 2006 3:44:40 GMT -8
As an apprentice engineer I sailed on all these ferries. The omenica had a Ice breaking hull and the years that I worked on that run we broke Ice ,as it froze over every trip . I even walked across the lake after one night shift to get to my vehicle as I lived in burns lake at the time. This took 50 minutes to cross by foot , but the ice was sufficiently thick at approx. 12" thick. The galena in the picture above is a diesel electric vessel with voith schnieder propullsion units, kitty corner from each other, good manueverability but dog tracks in straight line travel .The galena is powered by 4 3406 cat gen sets and a total of 1000 kw of power. The Anscomb is sitting on the bottom at Woodberry Resort about 100' down at the bow. Upright of course ,according to the d.f.o. rov remote camera ,she is now fair game for salvage. I currently work on the Osprey 2000 as a 2nd class chief eng. and this vessel has 4 - 3512B Cat diesels driving Ulstien 900 s.r.a.d. drive units, each engine produces 1280 B.h.p. , a total of 5120 B.h.p. All these vessels were and are unique and, for the most part well kept. The new addition now is the Francios Forester but of coarse, we are all now privatized ferries. The end of an era of government run vessels inland now exists for the past 2 years.
Post by sean 2 me motor on Mar 15, 2006 4:18:29 GMT -8
YES all these vessels were assembled in there prspective areas the Osprey 2000 was built in Nelson B.C. on the old mill site on the water front. They used the company from Seattle that moves buildings to put steerable dollies underneath it and roll the ship into the water.This process took 15+ hours it was painful ,I was there taking pictures. This is very close to the weighs were the Anscomb was built in 1946 . The Balfour was built in Vancouver at Yarrows ship yards I believe and sent up by train and reassembled on the shore of Nelson as well. The Galena was designed by Case Exology and paid for by B.C. Hydro at the time as part of Columbia river treaty/ Dam building era of the day. They built the Needles as well ,later renamed the Shelter Bay when it was replaced with the cable ferry at needles.This was done, these vessels built, to accommidate the lake reservoir rising and lowering 70 feet throughout the year.They say the drift wood used to be so bad you could walk across to the other side, but its not like that now. And yes these lakes get bad weather especially Kootenay lake. All these vessels, to add to the previous were all assembled in place but were built in Vancouver that sailed the Arrow lakes, although Nakusp built tons of Paddle Wheelers and had a large ship yard on its shores.