The Cowichan was built at the same time as her sister (Q of Coquitlam - Burrard DD), and her truck ferry cousin (Q of Alberni - Allied Shipyard). Together these vessels comprised the first three of BC Ferries 'C' class vessels.
Also seen in this photo is a CanMar Beaufort Sea oil drilling ship, & a Canadian Coast Guard 'weather ship', the CCGS Quadra, sister to the CCGS Vancouver. The weather ship service was discontinued at about the time of this photo.
The second is a postcard of either the Cowichan or Coquitlam (I'm not sure which). It looks like the older C-class visors were all one piece at one point as it seems to form a sort of arch over the traffic loading and unloading here:
This photo is of the MV QUEEN OF COWICHAN. An easy item to distinguish the difference between these two sisters then is their rescue boat stations. The COWICHAN had three angles (the clean look). The MV QUEEN OF COQUITLAM had an extra notch. This is now gone after their recent reworkings. The most obvious difference between the two now is that the COWICHAN has an odd looking structure behind one of her wheelhouses (does anyone know what it is used for?).
Post by queenofcowichan on Jan 13, 2008 14:28:03 GMT -8
Elevator, Confirmed. This was built on to the vessle in 1996 when she went in for major renos while been transfered from Langdale to Departure Bay. The Surrey and Cowichan Switched places. This was done according to crew members on the ferry because some passengers on the Langdale run had a "Problem" with the Escalators on the Cowichan.
Post by Coastal Skier on Jan 14, 2008 12:48:16 GMT -8
The visors on the C's were plagued with many problems. I've even heard stories of them having to use the articulating ramps to load/unload.
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I as well prefer the Visors. I feel like they could have made them better, for example they could have been like a bow door so they just slide/fold into place, Would be easier. I think the only reason the Spirits still have their's is because they wouldn't look so nice without them.
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I believe the Oak Bay lost her visors in 1998. While the Surrey lost hers around 1996, when Route 3 crews were customizing "their girl" for the route, and right after the Queen of Cowichan was cut from Route 3, and went in for her first MLU.
This photo shows a first generation 'C' class vessel in its original configuration complete with upper car deck visors and car deck 'windows' as they were in the beginning. She was a good looking ship. I believe that the photo was not taken by my brother, but is part of his collection and originated as a BCF's publicity photo.
I found another little album! Back on Friday July 29, 1988 I decided to devote an entire day to riding on all 5 C-Class ships. That season, the ship assignments were as follows: #1 DB-Queen of Surrey #2 DB-Queen of Alberni #1 HSB-Queen of Oak Bay (some things never change ;D) #2 HSB-Queen of Coquitlam #1 Langdale-Queen of Cowichan
Here is something I was able to capture, while I was sitting in the Langdale waiting room this afternoon, patiently waiting for the Esquimalt to arrive. You can still see the original print of the Cowichans name below the bright while paint. Look closely!