I just Re-reviewed "The Rules". Don't post to an old thread isn't there, though IIRC it's frowned upon...
I don't post a lot ( 48 posts in 23 months-11 months w/o a post); apologies for the above rather pointless remark (as co-admin of "You Know You're From Duncan When", I can appreciate the magnitude of keeping things organized)
New Members -- I never noticed that thread before. My 50th post will be found in there.
Thanks for that most interesting news tidbit from the day. The site they eventually chose wasn't among the three mentioned in the article. I suspect the long causeway off Tsawwassen was perhaps not the easiest to imagine when the concept for BC Ferries was first proposed. CP had indeed operated from Steveston, to Sidney, in the late 1920s. I don't know how they would have come up with Boundary Bay. Perhaps a causeway out from the sandflats was the idea there, as well. Or maybe the term Boundary Bay actually included the eventual site.
While July 1959 was indeed overly optimistic, the fact that the system was up & running in less than two years was nothing short of amazing. Projects today, be they ferries or otherwise, seem to take far more time to be accomplished.
As most will know the final choice of Tsawwassen Beach for the mainland terminal was very controversial at the time. In-the-know maritime types were appalled at the idea of a ferry terminal being located in such an exposed location. So the terminal was built there, and has been in operation now for almost sixty years and for a day or two each year those old in-the-know maritime types have been proven right.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2019 10:39:14 GMT -8 by WettCoast
This was posted on Facebook a couple of days ago. June 1960
Generating several comments (on the FB site) about how much more affordable ferry fares were 'back then'. But in reality, considering the inflation since that time, fares today are in my mind about equally affordable.