The reason that the older ships (such as the Howe Sound Queen) have lasted as long as they have, is all to do with constant maintainance performed by the Engineers and other staff.. Refit times for most ships used to be around once a year, now it's more like once every 2 years or more, this puts more stress on mechanical parts along with the engineers and staff.. I do not know if you have seen the Oak Bay lately, currently it's in poor condition physically (rust, etc...). Ships that usually have a "base" terminal are usually in really good shape ( ie: Queen of Vancouver's engineers (from Tsawwassen) where dismantling and cleaning the Mitsubishi Generators while they were the extra ship in Nanaimo a few months ago, because they had nothing to do.). On the other hand, ships like the Queen of Esquimalt which is constantly moved from one terminal to another, dose not and has not been maintained nearly as well as her sisters.. I hope now that B.C Ferries is a private company (Well technically they still have some control by the Gov't) that they do not change the refit schedules, otherwise they will create massive problems for themselves...
Post by Noleaksyet on Aug 16, 2003 12:14:00 GMT -8
This is very true Scott. The HSQ is quite cared for and it shows especially in the engine room. The regular engineering crew keep the machinery and spaces in imaculate conditions by cleaning and painting continuously. I would love to add some pictures to this post but someone would have to explain to me how to get them here from my hard drive. Thanks-noleaks
Post by noleaksyet on Aug 16, 2003 12:27:27 GMT -8
Mackie, here are some specs by the way:
The ship is a double ender (2 shafts, 2 rudders, 2 props)
Main Propulsion machinery consists of : 2 Detroit Diesel 12V149 series Diesel engines coupled to 2 Lufkin reversing Reduction gear boxes with Pneumatic controlled air bladder reversing clutches. 2 shafts with 2 pneumatic shaft brakes, and 2 propellors.
Electricity is supplied by 2 60 KW Mitsubishi 6D1 diesel generators. These cannot be parallelled
Engine Room crew consists of 1 CH Eng and 1 E.R.A. Deck Crew consists of 1 Captain, 1 Mate, 2 Deckahands. Hope you find some interest in this-noleaks
Yes, it would be interesting to see some photo's of the HSQ... There is another BC Ferry club on Yahoo Groups.. I know John is on it, in total there is about 70 of us.. There is hundreds of BC Ferry photos from engine rooms, to launching of ships... If you go to groups.yahoo.com and type BC Ferries, you should come across it.. There you can post as many photos from your hard drive as you want, and send messages to each other (but you have to join the group).. Good Luck -Scott
Post by noleaksyet on Aug 18, 2003 17:07:45 GMT -8
O.K. thanks all. I have posted 1 digital pic of the HSQ yet when I try to post any more to the folder it just doesnt go.?.?. I scanned some E/R pics (non-digi) and changed the format to jpegs yet they also will not go. Ill keep trying-Noleaks
Post by noleaksyet on Aug 18, 2003 17:41:57 GMT -8
Ok all. I have finally figured this pic posting thing out. There is a new folder on the yahoo group call "MV HOWE SOUND QUEEN" which I just filled with E/R pics for all those interested. I have Skeena pics and Q of nan pics as well which I will some day post.-noleaks