The only Ferry I think it Might be, is the Saltspring Queen. Supposebly its still registered in the ship registry as the "Golden Queen" in Vancouver. Otherwise, it might be one of the old Fraser River Ferries...
The 'Ethel Hunter' went into service in early 1959 to Thetis Island. It took six cars, and would be about the right size, but it may still be in operation. The ferry hull for sale isn't necessarily Canadian in origin. Chris: 60' is way too small for the Saltspring Queen, or the T'Lagunna (former Albion ferry.)
I was thinking the Ethel Hunter too! I have a picture of her and the hull and side walls are pretty much exact, and I did some researching on some of these old Ministry ferries and I found out that the Ethel Hunter was sold for surplus in 1980(Pretty sure thats the year) and eventually like almost all these old boats, they become barges... And from old records I've read, she was about 60 feet in length and 30 feet wide with a 7-8 foot deep hull... So, this is pretty much solved... 99% sure thats the Ethel Hunter.
- The shape of the hull matches that of the Ethel's in photos. - The bulwarks match those of the Ethel's - The bow of the car deck has an obvious filler block for the 'ramp lip' visible in photos of the Ethel (although fairly typical for the original ministry vessels)
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