As a lot of you already know, I have been involved with the Queen of Sidney since BCF sold her about 3 or so years ago. We had originally purchased the Albert J Savoie, then sold her and now own the Sidney.
"We" is him and Arthur, or Art. Art bought the Queen of Sidney I believe off of Rainy Bay logging, or was it BCF? I can't remember... Art held a site on the net last year advertising parts of the Sidney for sale. That site is now gone, so I had to archive it. There used to be a picture at the top showing it being towed up the Fraser, under the skytrain bridge I believe. Looked kinda neat, but sad. Anyways, next time he comes on, he'll have to fill in the blanks I left for him...
My name is Alan and I.ve been a member of the BC Ferries yahoogroup for the last few years. Chris was nice enough to post the beaching of the Ocoa over there with a link over to this site. So I have been checking this site out for the last few months. I quite enjoy going through all the posts on here. It's great that there are so many people, all different ages, interested in shipping. And it's also great that a few BC Ferries employees belong here as well. Their participation makes for a well-rounded forum.
Like many of you, my interest in these ships goes back to spending summers on family vacations on Vancouver Island as a little boy. Truly the highlight of these trips for me was watching a pre-V-class ship slide into her berth at Swartz Bay. Or, to be standing right under the funnel when the ships whistle was sounded! I choose the username "Airchime" because I just love the sound of those old whistle's.
Nowadays, in addition to the whistle's, my favorite part of this hobby is taking pictures. I love that there is a section for ferry photos here! Thanks to a tip from Strong Skier I've set up my own Photobucket album, so I'll be able to post my pictures on this site.
I like how you guys get together and go for rides or tours of different ships. I'm kinda sorry I missed the tour of the Sidney, but I'm looking forward to seeing where else you guys go.
As I'm sure you likely know, almost all of the members from this Forum, belong to the Yahoo forum, so there really isn't too many strangers around here. We try to make the best out of our tours, by trying to get the opportunity to exploring other areas of the Ferries, instead of just sticking to the areas the normal public areas. The only problem is, getting the permission to tour the Ferries while they're underway is a bit difficult while they're underway, so we try to look for the perfect opportunities while the Ferries are out of service. We were very lucky with the Queen of Sidney tour, and that one caught me by suprise when we got the OK to go. Also, some of the members, including myself, also enjoy just simply going for a round trip on a Ferry, which can still be just as equally fun to do.
Seeming you've selected your username to be the name brand of all of the Ferries horns in the Fleet, except for one, is great, seeming it appears that you have a similar interest in the horns as I do. Which is why I created this website, and is a growing project for me, which I just don't really have the time to do so much anymore, as the last update I had was in February.
I remember the Pacificats horns, but never had the ability, or though to record it back in 1999, as I thought they would be around for a while.... But the Cats have the exact same horn the Spirits are equipped with.
Post by old_wsf_fan on May 28, 2006 0:13:19 GMT -8
Hello, my name is Jon and I recently joined this forum and I must say it is very interesting. I have been visiting this site for the past 6 months or so. My primary interest is in the WSF fleet but I do find the BC ferry system impressive. I am forty something and lived on Vashon Island as a child, so I have very vivid memories of the wide array of vessels that WSF has used over the years. I don't get to ride the ferries as often as I would like to so this forum is where I can get my "ferry-fix" whenever I need it. Well that's all for now........
It's good to see a diverse range of us. I know our WSF regulars are getting to be more which is awesome, as it keeps the activity up on the forum. It's good to have you on-board!
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Post by SS San Mateo on Jun 19, 2006 13:54:18 GMT -8
I've never mentioned anything about myself, so I may as well do that now.
I've been a ferry fan my whole life (living on Vashon Island all thirty freakin' seven years of my life probably helped a bit). Outside of WSF boats, I've been on one than runs on the Columbia River, the Lummi Island ferry, the Steilacoom-Anderson Island ferry, one route near Ottawa, and on some BC ferries (last time was in 1988).
Outside of ferries, my interests include transit, photography, traffic lights (I have a small collection of some).
If you're wondering what "LB" (which I use at the end of my messages) stands for, it's stands for "Little Bill" (a nickname I got from my grandmother). I use it as my preferred name since my dad has the same first name (William) as I do. It also stands for "Lover Boy" (got that from my sister, but I won't mention how that came about ).
Again, welcome Little Bill (I was wondering about that "LB" thing ). A year and a half later, you're a member of the forum-wide-famous Mod Squad, as endorsed by Dan.
At thirty-seven, most people begin to realise that "I am not devoting my life to this ferry crap, I may as well take part in other interests. As opposed to a 13 year old who puts himself towards Transport and goes ferry-riding for no apparent reason at a random moment.