I've always enjoyed it when people on here have posted some old articles and pictures. So here's a way of me thanking those people, and sharing some of the things I have kept in a great big 4 inch binder, which is still too small for all the junk I have. Some of these things I have doubles of, and one of these days I'll remember to bring the extras to the large Ferry groups to give away. Only a few things for tonight, I'll post more as time goes on.
PS: Many thanks to one of our members, Alan, otherwise known as Airchime on this board, for the majority of the items in this collection.
First off, and article from a Summer 1986 issue of the "Dolphin"
Either the Saltspring or Vesuvius Queen, with a heave load at the bow, in 1992.
Queen of Tsawwassen - First ship to turn around under Lions Gate Bridge.
Somewhere on this forum I started a thread with exactly the same purpose as this one, where I posted one of my cat brochures... of course, this was about 2 years ago... but I cannot be able to find it because the bloody search engine doesn't managed it's job very well (never has, it's just worse than ever before). So bear with me, I'll see if I can find it... not sure which section it's posted in, but I'll be sure to have a search around.
I guess I should get back into the thread I created a long time ago.....
Here's a copy of the Dolphin update from 1986. This was just a one page , double sided issue that I'd assume was released once a week to all of the staff members. Some interesting tidbits in there. I will upload a few more things tonight when I find the time.
I found this at my grandmothers place a few months ago and totally forgot about it.
The article is from the Dolphin in 1979 and has an article about the retirement of my grandfather (Tom Mainer). He has an interesting history, I think he was born in 1924. He lied about his age and joined the Navy as a boy seamen when he was 14. He sailed with the RCN into the war and then was transferred to the British Navy to do torpedo runs on German ports in the English Channel in what my uncle describes as the English version of the American PT boats.
That only lasted a few months before the British sent him back to the Canadian Navy. The story about that is that one night when they were making a run my grandfather and his buddy had a date lined up for when they got back. Well their raid went on longer than it was supposed to because they had to pick some friendlies out of the water when an accompanying torpedo boat was destroyed, so they were racing up the Thames river back to base in order to make their dates. The problem was they were supposed to be going really slow in the river to avoid the wakes destroying the civilian docks. Well the next morning he was shipped back.
Once the war was over he went to school at UBC to become a mechanical engineer. The navy sent him and paid for it all, he was the first Canadian Seaman to go to public university while in the service in Canada's history. When he was done he became and Officer and was awarded the position of armament officer on HMCS Fraser, a St. Laurent class frigate.
When he retired from the Navy he had to go through what the Navy called civilianization training, so he was forced to apply for a job that he new he wouldn't get. The idea was to help teach the now retired seamen to deal with everyday let downs and such. So he applied at BCF for the Senior Personnel Officer. He also applied the the Royal Conservatory of Music as an accountant.
The BCF job called for management training and other qualifications that my grandfather did not have.
The RCM job called for a math background and to be good with numbers, this he was excellent at and was more than qualified for with his engineering degree.
Well, he didn't get the RCM job and was called up by BCF and asked to come in for a second interview, he was apparently confused. He asked why they were considering him when he clearly did not have the qualifications they had asked for. The response was something along the lines of "a man who has been an officer in the Canadian Navy for 15 years is allowed to skip basic management training."
So, he worked at BCF until he retired again.
Hopefully the history lesson isn't too boring, I just think he has an interesting history.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2010 20:13:26 GMT -8 by Quatchi
Think before you drink, because once you have had a few drinks, we know you don’t think that well. - Barry Penner, Attorney General, British Columbia -
Here is an advertisement from the back cover of the winter 1989 edition of Beautiful British Columbia magazine. Marketing of our ferries and the province of BC has not changed all that much, or has it?
it might be of interest to some of the forum members as to how my brother scanned this old rupert poster that i stare at in my little water closet off my study that has this wonderful old poster immedatly above the john! he had his work cut out for him! my retirement room is a tresure trove of ferry memorabila. mr.dot.
Here is a book of matches, that I recently acquired.
And the song "Canadian Sunset"
I used to collect matches from restaurants, hotels, etc. I had that set of matches and a couple other BC Ferry ones. My collecting stopped when it got too large and I just started using them for camping and lighting candles etc. around home. Nowdays of course with smoking taboo no one puts matches out anymore. In a huge amount you never could appreciate them as there was too many and there never was time to sit and go through them. At least as I pulled them out and used them I could remember the place and time I got them. I now wished I had kept some back. I have heard that song before but never clicked what it was or the name. Probably mostly in muzak in stores .
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service
I haven't been able to contribute much to the forum, old newspaper clippings.. been done. postcard of decrepit Langdale Queen " about to make its start from Britannia Beach to Woodfibre, North Vancouver"... done.. but I may have something that hasn't been posted before.
Sid Barron (1917-2006) was a cartoonist for the Victoria Times c. 1960. His style was not unlike Len Norris. Several cartoons from the 1959-60 annual reference the new ferries launched that year. The Tsawwassen, The Tsidney, The Cohoho.
Here we see the final preparations for the launch of B C Ferries.
Considering all the changes that took place in 1960, the seagulls probably were confused about where they were flying to. Tsawwaasen? Tsidney? Tseattle? The traffic light is obviously a joke... in reality there would be a roundabout
(A hydrafoil (sic)? In 1960? Flying Fish... probably on this board somewhere)