As I have known for a while now, the old Queen of the Islands (Now St.John's Fishing Lodge) is moored at the Fort Langley seaplane base. It is accessed by River Road, just east of Fort Langley. Since it is fairly close to land, there are not many good views.
While visiting Fort Langley, I had to view the Albion Ferries. While I was watching them, I knew only one real Albion ferry was there, and the other was the Klitsa. Does anyone know why the other Albion ferry is out of service? Or what ferry is taking Klitsa's spot on the Chemainus - Kuper Island - Thetis Island?
At one time, I also seen the Queen of the Islands (St.John's Fishing Lodge) off the Sunshine Coast, just south of Sechelt, but north of Gibsons. She was being towed by a tug. It must of been its fishing season again.
Post by Harbourlynx Kid on Jul 31, 2004 23:00:43 GMT -8
every 2 years the Albion ferries (Klatawa and Kulleet) go out for major refits and repowering. the klitsa (and previous the Vesuvius Queen) Filled in for the 2 weeks that they were out for refit, usually it coincided with a refit that the either boat was gonna happen with BC Ferries
The Kahloke takes over the Chemainus/Thetis/Kuper Island run in the summer. My question is why is the Klitsa allowed to be used on a free route(Albion Ferry) when it belongs to BC Ferries Inc. I think that people should have to pay on the Albion Ferry route if they are going to use a BC Ferry that other folks have to pay to use ie: Chemainus/Thetis/Kuper. Must be nice to be able to ride for free at we the taxpayers expense.
first of klitsa was once owned by the bc gouvernment marine routes and the albion ferries are part of a bc high way, consider the albion ferries a bridge, instead of a structure going over the river you have two ferries crossing it. Tax payers have to pay for road maitenance and the albion ferries fall under that category. It's only a 5min cross time
Post by Harbourlynx Kid on Aug 15, 2004 21:17:18 GMT -8
the Crossing time of the Albion ferries is not 5 minutes, its 15 minutes, IF fueling is not happening. The Albion Ferries(Fraser River Marine Transportation Ltd.) is an Operating subsideary(SP?) of Translink.
Post by Koastal Karl on Aug 16, 2004 12:41:02 GMT -8
Now I heard somewhere before that the crossing time for the Albion Ferries was 10 mins. What is there service speed??? I have never been on the Albion Ferries but would like to take a trip on them one day. What time of day would be best to go??
Post by DougNotLoggedOn on Aug 16, 2004 18:35:31 GMT -8
There is probably guarenteed to be AT LEAST a one-sailing wait on the Albion ferries. Just don't travel in rush hour. And the ferries take only about five minutes to cross, but probably 10 in total from when they lift the ramp on one side and when they drop the ramp on the opposite. The service speed is probably around 10 knots. I know this, because I live very close to them (4 km away). I don't often visit them, but I know a little about them.
Post by Harbourlynx Kid on Aug 16, 2004 22:41:55 GMT -8
Bill McKay(My Father) is the Ex Manager of Operations, i got to ride the Klitsa, Kulleet, Klatawa, Kaloke, and Vesuvius Queen Many Times, The Operating Speed is 11(approx) Knots during slack Tide, Minus the "Queen" they are all "K" class RO-RO Vessels With 22 - 25(kaloke 27) Capacity of Cars. The Klatawa and Kullet, have 2 Right angeled Drives. Powered by Natural Gas Fired Engines. They Run From 4am to 11pm (then 1 boat from 11pm to 1am) and are completley free (for now)
Post by Q of Active Pass on Nov 20, 2004 15:25:52 GMT -8
Can anyone tell me more about the Queen of the Island? I was only on it a few times that I can remember Swartz-Fulford in 1981-2 winter. I was built for Tsawassen - Southern GI, correct? Any other info?
All I really know is that she docks just east of the Fort Langley Seaplane Base for the winter (usually). However, I think she is docked in Squamish this year. I live only about one km out of the Seaplane Base so I could verify this. If she comes back this winter, or next I might get a chance to take some pictures.