It is an unregulated BC Ferries route. I don't have a lot of info off hand, but there's a few of them sprinkled throughout BC's west coast. Lady Rose (the Company) services were unregulated routes for quite some time, not sure on their current status. Passenger only services provided on the same Rte as 25 is unregulated as well (Route 25u) as well as some Northern barge/pax services.
Coastal Ferry Services Contract lists the following "unregulated routes" that are contracted out by BC Ferries:
Dodge Cove - Prince Rupert Lasqueti Island - French Creek (Centurion VII) Kyuquot - Tahsis - Gold River (Uchuck III) Bamfield - Barkley Sound - Port Alberni (Lady Rose / Frances Barkley) Ahousat - Hot Springs Cove - Tofino Alert Bay - Sointula - Port McNeill (is this an additional passenger service?) Prince Rupert - Tuck Inlet Hartley Bay - Prince Rupert
In 2006 when I worked on it, the " Spirit of Yalis" was based in Sointula and operated as a School Boat for the High School students who would ride from Alert Bay to Port McNeill in the morning and home in the afternoon. ( The ferry schedule made for a long day for the students ) The Spirit would occasionally be called out for emergency ambulance runs if the ferry wasn't operating or available when needed. The boat would return to work in Vancouver harbour for the summer and remain up north during the school year.
Went out to French Creek this morning. The wind was blowing and the waves were high. There were even windsurfers and kite surfers just north of French Creek (Columbia Beach?). We got there just before the Centurion VII left at 9:45. They're expanding the marina right now and you can walk quite a ways out from the marina and get a good view of boats coming and going. Only the Centurion VII was out today though.
Here she is heading out of the marina and out across the strait:
They appeared to do a zigzag course across to Lasqueti.
Post by mybidness459 on Jun 15, 2017 16:23:40 GMT -8
Centurion VII back in service after refit.
I talked to a crew member today who works on the vessel and the ship had new engines installed this spring and is now back in service between French Creek and False Bay. Also the vessel was built in 1985 according to him.
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