Now for some photos of the pre-lifted Queen of New Westminster. The first six were taken on July 3rd, 1989. The Queen of Coquitlam was operating as the #2 vessel out of HSB that summer and had broken down. The QoNW was pressed into service for a week or so, operating on a modified schedule.
arriving at Departure Bay for the 1415 sailing to HSB:
car deck with ramps and "flaps" in use:
1 shot of each outside passenger level:
I again travelled on her on Jan 31st, 1990. During the off-season (pre-route 30), route 2 was a 2-ship operation. The Oak Bay was stationed out of HSB, and both the Alberni and Surrey was based at DB. The Alberni was used Mondays to Thursdays because of heavy commercial traffic, and the Surrey was used Fridays to Sundays. During the Alberni's refits, a second ship, usually the Coquitlam, was used Mon to Thurs to help with the truck traffic. This particular year, however, the QoNW was employed as the Coquitlam wasn't available.
These 2 pics of the aft lounge were taken on a very lonely 0530 sailing from DB to HSB:
Those are fantastic pre-MLU photos of New West. I might as well get this over with and share the inevitable post-upgrade photos just so we have it here fresh to compare the new vs. old. I actually never had the pleasure of riding New West until this year, so I never saw her in the old palettes/schemes.
Last Edit: Jul 24, 2010 15:10:18 GMT -8 by Kahloke
Post by ferryfanyvr on Dec 14, 2009 10:12:05 GMT -8
Very nice pics, Scott...I especially like the inside-from-outside night shots.
It's nice to see that the tradition of a Christmas tree on the mast is still being carried on by the crew of at least one vessel. 20 or 30 years ago EVERY ship would have one at this time of year. And the Christmas lights are a very nice touch.
I agree!!! When you view photos of her history throughout the previous parts of this thread I think we all must agree that she leads a very charmed life indeed having been brought up to more modern standards and having been given a chance to serve the public for several more years to come!
The New West has sure accumulated the rust quite quickly this fall. She always gets a really big rust mark on her port side, almost right below the cafeteria, when she's on Route 30. I believe that this particular dolphin at Tsawwassens berth 3 that she rubs against is the culprit.