May 2nd, 1991, the ex-Thetis island ferry Ethel Hunter made the front page of the Vancouver Province, assisting in the removal of MacMillan Bloedel workers from an islet off Meares Island on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The photo below is from the DOT negative collection... I came home with most of his collection. It will take me some time to work through these.
Queen of the North - Vancouver Harbour - Open House May 1986 - DOT photo
I was there! As a fetus....
he Queen of the North used to be on display annually for Port Days in Vancouver which I attended for at least the first four or fve years of my life. I should break out the family photo albums, we have a lot of pictures of me exploring the interior of the North as a wee one.
Thank you for those, Jim. It's always nice to see nice clear photos. I really like that shot of the ex-Queen of Surrey/North.
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I did not know that the Tenaka used to be the Texada Queen. What's the story?
...and the story of the Queen of Surrey changing to the Queen of the North and then QoS given to a C-class?
...any other name changes?
What about the original Quadra Queen?
Are they likely to use "Queen" in names of future vessels? I get the sense that era is over...
Alright, I'll Give you a BCF history lesson, Short and Sweet...
Answer 1. Yes The Tenaka did have a previous name but it was Comox Queen, not Texada. The Ferry You See in Jim's Photo is the Texada Queen, Known today as the MV Tachek.
Answer 2. When the Stena Danica II was originally bought in 1974 She was renamed Queen of Surrey to help out on Route 2, she would be layed up at deas when the 1976 generation of "C" Class Vessels Arrived, until 1980 when she was renamed "Queen of the North" and placed on the Inside Passage. Her former name was passed onto One of the 1981 Generation "C" Class Vessels we know as the Queen of Surrey (II).
Answer 3. The Quadra Queen (I) was renamed Cortes Queen and then after that to MV Nicola.
Answer 4. As Untraditional as it may be, Since the names of the 3 "Coastal" Class Vessels Were Announced, BC Ferries has stated themselves that they are Phasing Out the "Queen of.../...Queen" Names.
More scanned DOT negatives, this time from (I'm guessing) 1984. Both photos show the Q of Vancouver Swartz Bay bound below the bluffs on Galiano Island. The ferry is in dogwood pastel blue, has the BC logos on it, and has had its nose job done. So the pics have to be from a year or two before the Expo livery was introduced. You will also note scads of people on the outer decks indicating that this was a hot summer's day, or maybe the Vancouver's HVAC system was on the fritz.
DOT - both photos
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Look at the two photos below what makes they different structure wise When BC Ferries Lifted the V Class, the pre V Class at the bow area where the crew keeps watch in active pass and it ready to drop the anchors looked like this.
But I believe they found that end over the upper car deck blocked their view in docking so they cut the end off and we got this.