I probably could have been on the Chilliwack when it came over but passed on the opportunity. Just an interesting note, when it got here they found it was full of asbestos which then had to be stripped out. The geniuses in management did not realize that Europe is on a 220 volt system while North America is on a 110 volt system. As sometimes happens in the gulf islands there was a power outage on one of the islands (Pender, I think). When this happens they plug in the shore cable and run the ramp with ships power. What happens when you plug a 220V system into a 110V system? Can you say fried? After they rewired the ship they again tried it in the gulf islands but found it was too slow to keep any of the schedules so they moved it north. All in all I think it would have been much cheaper to have built a ferry here.
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Great photos and even better timing, Kam! Surely that had to be a delivery of supplies to Nanaimo. I can't see any other reason for that detour to happen. Chilli is expected to punt the Tsawwassen back off the Jervis run first thing tomorrow morning. . .only a 4 day rest for the old girl before relieving the Burnaby!
I found this video series about BCF's Discovery Coast Passage route, it seemed pretty neat, I was watching part 3 and they were doing this interview with the 3rd engineer, who also happens to be my mothers uncle, Wally Greene. He his the first in the interview btw. I thought it was pretty cool that he was in the video, so I thought I would show you guys.
Heh, this is my first post in quite a while, now that Im done school, I have time to post more on the forum
Post by ferryfanyvr on Feb 21, 2009 10:37:30 GMT -8
Here are some photos of the first season the Queen of Chilliwack was in service with BCF...she was used on rte 5..Swartz Bay-Southern Gulf Islands. I took them on Aug 1st, 1991. I'm glad I wrote the details on the backs of the pics..I knew it would come in handy some day!
The Queen of Victoria at Swartz Bay as I was arriving on the Queen of Burnaby in order to catch the Chilli. WHY DIDN'T I GET ANY PICS OF THE BURNABY?!!! (yelling at myself)
That's a rare glimpse into the look of the ship, pre-Discoverized. I wonder if the table lounge photos of yours are the end that is now the recliner-seat sleeping lounge?
What's also intriguing and not apparent from the photos is that, prior to the discovery coast makeover, it was possible to walk right around inside the lounge space in a complete circle, with no dead ends, as one passageway was later blocked off to make space for enlarged kitchen facilities and such.
Post by Esquimalt Queen on Mar 30, 2009 21:58:54 GMT -8
Here are some of my photos of the Queen of Chilliwack. I took the photos from Saxe Point, as the 'Wack was leaving Esquimalt Graving Dock.
I walked to the park, and on my way, I had to pass a neighbourhood that borders with EGD. I creeped into someone's backyard, and found this as their view:
Then I walked along the train tracks, which also borders with EGD. The border is protected by fencing and all sorts of security measures, so this was the only good view that I could get:
Finally, I got to Saxe Point at 1130hrs ish, and the Queen of Chilliwack didn't leave until 1310hrs. Nature entertained me while I waited... a seagull dove and caught a crab, they fought: Claws vs. Beak. The seagull won, of course. Then I harassed barnacles until they squirted out water. Even though it was a bit cold and windy, it was a fun day in the park.
Very quietly, the Queen of Chilliwack slips out of Esquimalt:
I now add my photos to this mix from the new photos thread...
I've been back for awhile now from my round trip on the Chilliwack and I must say, this sunny day makes it easily one of my best trips aboard her. Some noticeable differences that separate her from when she is on the Saltery Bay route include that the customer service desk is open as a tourist information stand. The cafeteria also serves fries and chicken strips (but her grill and fryers were broken when I was aboard today, coincidence?) Also, the room where the arcade machines are has been gutted out. I'm not sure if this is normal when she is on the Discovery Coast route or if it's because she was not finished with her refit. Anyways, before I start rambling on, here are the photos from today...
Here's the sequence for the Chilliwack's 180 turn.
And there you have it...Hopefully Mike (A.K.A. Flugel) got some shots of this from the passenger's point of view since they ran her as a double-ender for my round trip.
Watertight Door. (Only necessary for half the voyage)
Here comes the NIP.
The trip was pretty uneventful, but it was a nice day, who could complain?
Little River (At Low Tide, Almost amazing that the Chilli could dock)
From Little River...
Now back aboard...
Away we go again...
Bridge (From Both Ends)
The Solarium (Still a month away from being useful.
And the NIP one more time...
Now, we dock...
This concludes the photos from today, Peace!
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The piece of metal that is welded to the top of the wings will allow BCF to bolt a square bumper onto the end of the existing wings to allow for her to berth correctly in the European berths. This was added while she was at EGD.
Some great shots of the Wack though.
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Post by hullnumbers on Jul 1, 2009 12:37:41 GMT -8
Great photos, i am wondering if anyone who has been on the Queen of Chilliwack got photos of the plans to this ship, i am curios as to what this ship looks like from the inside. If theres no photos can anyone draw some plans before she retires.