Post by WettCoast on Sept 10, 2009 19:34:54 GMT -8
When I was on the AMHS's M/VTaku a few weeks ago I heard her horn as she backed out of the secondary berth at Ketchikan. Unfortunately I had no means of recording the sound. I can report, however, that the recordings above of both the Columbia and the Coho are very similar to that of the Taku.
Yes....The Canucks have BC Ferries as one of their biggest sponsors. There's BC Ferries ads on the ice, and scoreboard at GM Place. However, the horn is not off an old ferry. The tuning of the horn, is similar to the Queen of Alberni/Oak Bay/Coquitlam.
Well, she wasn't actually a ferry per se, but the CPR sternwheeler SS Minto could be considered an important historical inland ferry of sorts.
I just found a message on another forum that the museum in Nakusp BC is in in the middle of rebuilding the 2 inch steam whistle from the Minto. They hope to be able to sound the whistle, at noon each day when it is complete. Unfortunately they have apparently been having trouble determining who the manufacturer of the whistle valve was (or might still be) or where they can find any source parts for the whistle. I'm assuming if anyone here knows anything about steam whistles, the museum might appreciate that info.
Too bad Bob Swanson isn't around anymore to help them out with their project.
That's a little interesting if that is in fact the case. But if you look at the equipment specs on that site, it states that the vessel is equipped with 5 air horn whistles that are hooked up to a 20 Gallon tank. As far as I know, the Queen of Sidney had just 2 whistles, like the Queen of Tsawwassen. So I'd be curious to know if the Midnight Sun actually has the Queen of Sidney whistles, and whether or not they just added 3 more horns to the Sidney's two horns.
That is the case, the owner added and additional 3 horns. It comes into False Creek often and he does two salutes. The False Creek Ferries generally give him a long blast or two and the Midnight Sun responds with a combination. Simple perfect.
I often forget about one of the websites I've had for probably 5 years now, that is quite the database for my horn recordings from over the years. The original recordings of these may be gone now, since I had my external hard drive die on me after it fell on to the floor by accident one day last year. I had kept tons of photos, videos, and audio on there, and I haven't been able to retrieve any of it yet. So I'm left with whatever I have uploaded to the internet over the years.
I figured some of you might appreciate it if I shared ship specific links for your listening pleasure.