I hate to say it, but I think it would be kind of cool for something to happen causing sea-to-sky drivers to need to take the ferry. It would be fun for the tourists to experience the ferries, and it would be an interesting discussion topic here on the forum. What thread would discussion on that topic go under if that were to happen?
If that were to happen, chances are it would be because of a major rockslide that might just bury a couple of cars or take out some houses- as well as choking connections to a billion dollar event, with millions watching around the world... so maybe, in your honor, we could call the topic "Luke's Cool Disaster Thread".
How about just a major blizzard? Lots of snow on the mountains ;D
Not sure if I want to add to this conversation in this thread, but ...... wishing bad things to happen to a group of people to give you a cool feeling doesn't seem to me to be good form. As a "sea-to-sky driver", the last thing I need is to be held more captive while the Olympic traffic gets exclusive use of the ferry link if the Highway goes out. The emergency ferry dock will be a lifeline in the event of a major highway event, it just happens that the power people made the right decision ( this time ) in re-using a piece of very expensive equipment and putting it in the right location. It's a bit like any other piece of emergency equipment ... cool to look at but not cool to think about the events that cause it to be used. It was neat to be in Darrell Bay and to see a real ferry land there. ( even if they did have an assist tug!) It would also be neat to take a trip from Horseshoe Bay up the Sound but here's one resident that hopes it never needs to happen.
I have a photo from like 25000 feet of the Coquitlam at Langdale and the Surrey arriving from Dec 4th as I was on a WestJet flight out of Victoria to Edmonton via Kelowna and we flew over Howe Sound on a clear day. I cant really post it on the forum though as my photobucket account is full and I cant afford to upgrade at the moment! It is on my Facebook photos though from that trip!
You can still post pictures from facebook onto the forum, the same way you would with photobucket. Just copy and paste the photo URL onto this site, and tada
I was able to get out to HSB on Sunday to try out my new lens, but unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate! Anyways here is a photo of the Coquitlam on its way to Langdale.
Say, "Canucks", what time did you take that picture? I was there earlier that day and did a round trip aboard her to Langdale and back. I took the 1120PDT sailing out of HSB. How neat that a couple of forum members were at this location on the same day!
Here are my photos of my trip aboard the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM on Sunday, March 14, 2010. I had just attended the Opening Ceremony and two Ice Sledge Hockey games of the Para-Olympics and my first Canucks game. It was an incredible weekend for me. So, after seeing the BCF logo on the boards in the Garage, it was time for me to do another trip aboard one. This one was aboard my favourite of the fleet.
That's one fantastic photo of yours. Thanks for taking this. I would have taken one at the same angle, but I had to get on the first available 257 Express bus after my return from Langdale and get back to downtown Vancouver to get one last SeaBus ride in and a bite of lunch before going to Pacific Central and my train ride back to Seattle.
So, here we go with the photos!
Poking around the corner, here comes the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM aiming her approach to Horseshoe Bay from Langdale. The mountains were stunning at that hour!
COQUITLAM is getting closer.
With the QUEEN OF CAPILANO in the dock. Time for me to take a quick dash to the departure lounge.
BC Ferries has the Olympics spirit.
Underway. No whistle blast, though.
The Sun Deck aboard the COQUITLAM.
End Number One.
Stunning mountains as seen from her decks.
Stunning mountains as seen from her decks.
You could see the snow level at which snow fell prior to the day I took this trip aboard the COQUITLAM.
QUEEN OF COQUITLAM arriving Langdale.
It's so neat to see the old style Volkswagen cars still being driven these days. My family had one. Very fun to be in one.
The QUEEN OF COQUITLAM has that SPOKANE and WALLA WALLA look. I felt I was back in Seattle already. She's a Spaulding cousin of our faithful Jumbos here on Puget Sound.
But, I'm in beautiful British Columbia and the mountains alongside her waters are more beautiful than ours (when you can see them).
Departing Langdale. Not a single blast from the COQUITLAM's whistle. A silent departure.
This is just like departing the north slip at Clinton. A very sharp turn to the starboard. The rudders of the massive 457 foot QUEEN OF COQUITLAM do their jobs well.
Looking back at Langdale. You can see the clouds starting to lower.
End Number One aboard the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM.
Sun Deck aboard the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM.
Sister ferry QUEEN OF COWICHAN enroute to Nanaimo. I had been aboard that one a little more than a week earlier than this trip aboard the COQUITLAM.
Anvil Island is such a neat island. Last scenic photo from the decks of the COQUITLAM before arriving Horseshoe Bay.
Arriving Horseshoe Bay with the QUEEN OF CAPILANO in the dock.
Thank you for another great ride, QUEEN OF COQUITLAM. This was my second round trip voyage aboard her. I did one aboard her about 20 years ago on my first BCF ride to Nanaimo. She was in her Expo colours then. She's an amazing ferry.
I actually got off my train in Edmonds instead. Here, we see the prototype of the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM in the dock there. Perfect timing!
The prototype is her eldest cousin SPOKANE. The 440 foot SPOKANE is seen on her way doing her trip to Kingston, at the same time the COQUITLAM was doing her thing up in Howe Sound.
It's truly amazing how one could see two generations of Spaulding jumbos on the same day. And in two separate countries, too.
Maritime transportation would be a lot different here without Mr. Spaulding, Mr. Nickum, and Mr. McLaren. We have these three fellows to thank in creating such functional ferry designs that work well here in this part of the world, as well as at Martha's Vineyard.
I look forward to my next sailing aboard the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM soon! My focus of attention now is my first ride aboard the COQUITLAM's newest cousin CHETZEMOKA, being completed here for the Keystone run.
The picture I took was from the 3:30 sailing, she didn't blow her whistle either. It looks like the weather was a bit nicer on your trip, and nice pictures of the freshly powdered mountains!
Thanks for the compliments on my photos. Yes, it was a bit nicer on my trip. I watched the weather forecasts on the various newscasts that morning in my hotel and said that the clammy conditions would begin in the afternoon. So, I checked out early, left my bag at the hotel, walked down a block and half to Georgia and took the 257 Express to Horseshoe Bay.
I nearly lost my breath when I saw the mountains of Howe Sound with their nice new powdering. It was really breathtaking to see this. Grouse looked especially beautiful. I just love mountains. How can anyone desire to live anywhere where there's no mountains at all? I wouldn't!
My gamble paid off as I was able to complete my round trip aboard the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM just before the clammy stuff began while on the bus on my way back to downtown Vancouver.
This was my first trip aboard the COQUITLAM after her recent refurbishment. Her current cabin is nice now. My first trip aboard her, as I said earlier, was about 20 years ago. She was in phase two then with the newer colourful chairs and the Dogwood carpets. I never saw her orange seating phase one decor in person. I did, however, ride the SPOKANE and WALLA WALLA with their orange chairs and black bench seats and the tan carpeting. I kinda liked the COQUITLAM's phase two interior. Her current seats are a bit comfy. I like the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM and the QUEEN OF COWICHAN. These are really nice ferries to ride.
As for the whistles, I just don't know why they don't sound the departure blasts anymore on a regular basis there on Howe Sound. I was lucky, however, to hear the QUEEN OF COWICHAN's departure whistle on my trip aboard her leaving HB to DB a little more than a week before. I guess it all depends on who is captain on each ferry and the neighbours there as well. I guess someone can fill me in on that one.
Here are a few more pictures of the COQUITLAM:
A close up of the QUEEN OF COQUITLAM as she neared Horseshoe Bay.
It's nice to see her steering guides installed, once again. These were taken off about 20 years ago for some reason.
The solariums aboard the COQUITLAM are about the same, except for the installation of new tables and seats. I guess that BCF wants to invite passengers to have their meals with the seagulls. Just don't feed them, though! ;D
I do hate BCF's smoking policy on these ferries. We no longer have smoking on our ferries here on Puget Sound. It was really annoying to have to breath this stuff on your big ferries there.
The stack aboard the COQUITLAM.
It's nice to see BCF is paying attention to the needs of folks falling in the US category of the ADA. The SPOKANE and WALLA WALLA have a new elevator installed with a stop inside one their solariums. The elevator is located at the east end (End Number Two) of those 1972 vessels. I do hope BCF installs an elevator aboard their Powell class, the NIP, TENAKA, TACHEK, and QUADRA QUEEN II.
I wish BCF could paint their railings blue. WSF has green railings and look better.
This is a good way to close this addition to this thread. Nice to see this in the Garage, once again. While watching Canucks games on Hockey Night In Canada, this reminds me that there's a ferry fleet up there to ride. I did my part in both versions of the Olympics. I'll do this again soon!
The QUEEN OF COQUITLAM is my favourite of the major Mainland-Vancouver Island-Sunshine Coast ferries of the BCF fleet. She's a pleasure to ride.
The QUEEN OF COQUITLAM is simply the best ferry in your fleet.
Normally, I'd be calling the Hyperbole-Police to arrest you, after a comment like that. But having observed your posts for a few years, I can see that you are not a candidate for hyperbole-rehabilitation. ;D
Post by Koastal Karl on Mar 29, 2010 9:41:03 GMT -8
I was on the Coquitlam Saturday afternoon as I did the 3:30pm roundtrip to Langdale. It was a nice light load being a Saturday afternoon so it wasent too busy! The Coquitlam sure needs to be taken care of more as she is looking a bit shabby right now which is a shame cause she is a great ship. Each crew that runs her should do a little bit each time they have her then she might look a bit nicer. I keep saying to my g/f that the Coquitlam is gonna be the next Queen of Esquimalt which bugs her cause she loves the Coquitlam and hated the Esquimalt. But I just think the Coquitlam and Cowichan are much nicer than the Surrey and Oak Bay and look better too! I especially love the pickforks too that the Cow and Coq have. The Oak Bay and Surrey you cant really go to the front outside unless you up at the top deck or on the car deck. I wanted to get on the Cowichan but I dident want to take the 9pm and get hom at like 12:30am. But it was a fun day!
QUEEN OF COQUITLAM AND COWICHAN are my favs of the C class!
Photos will be on Facebook cause photobucket I have had it with them!
... we were discussing 'lifting arms' (gates) that once graced either end of the car deck on both the Q Cumber & the Q Cappie. That led to discussion on other vessels that have sported similar apparatus. The 'C' class vessels (all, except the Alberni) once had lifting arms on the upper car decks. To be correct, the original two (Cowichan & Coquitlam) actually were equipped with lifting 'arches'.
The photo below was taken on 6 April 1977, when the Queen of Coquitlam had been in service for just a few months. The arches are shown in use. They looked rather graceful.
A smaller version of the photo is currently serving as my 'sig pic'.
Here are some pics of the Queen of Coquitlam from Aujourd'hui
Queen of Coquitlam's Wheelhouse
Queen of Coquitlam's deck is in a despicable state! The floor is wavy, with spaces where it sinks, developing puddles, and sections where it rises into lumps. It's really not very good for walking on anymore.
another stairwell. There's not much evidence in the car-deck stairwells, if any, that there used to be escalators. I couldn't find anything suggesting it's 'moving' past...
Another wheelhouse shot
The Coquitlam sails off to Horseshoe Bay
The Queen of Coquitlam, taken from the dock in front of Molly's in Gibsons.
Some big yellow thing on the vehicle deck.... it looks like a crane. Could anybody tell me more?
Interesting. Just as a small detail to point out, shes en route to Langdale with the #2 end as the bow. Normally the #1 end is the bow while en route to Langdale. This would be due to that gearbox issue the other day. She also looks like shes running at a reduced speed?
She also looks like shes running at a reduced speed?
It sure didn't look like it from the highway. Remember this picture was taken about 50 feet from the mouth of Horseshoe Bay, so she hadn't had much time to accelerate. It took me about 50 shutter-clicks to get these shots of her. There are so many trees in the way!
Hmmmmm.... I used to imagine that the C-class looked good from every angle, but somehow that doesn't seem to be the case with overhead shots like that. Especially when the cardeck doors are closed. They actually look kind of short and fat from above.