Post by Retrovision on Feb 27, 2008 3:15:31 GMT -8
I hope this qualifies as an historic photograph
I guess that Peter Favelle was right in writing that cargo was slung on and off the Island Princess in his definitive book "The Qeens of British Columbia", though only for large vehicles other than those not able to drive on or off this first Ro/Ro vessel on our coast apparently.
Tonight I have some pre-digital pics of the NIP from a foggy late August morning in 1993. All photos were taken at or just off of Westview Terminal, Powell River, while I waited for the Queen of Sidney to come and pick me up for the crossing to Comox.
Considering the Island Princess, I just had this curious thought about what her interior was like back when she was the old inter-island cargo ship/ferry. Of course she had four staterooms, but I wonder what her other amenities might have been, if any. Certainly, i would think her interior spaces might have been a little more appealing and soft than the molded plastic seating she has in her current configuration.
The NIP route was Kelsey Bay to Beaver Cove. Once the Island highway was extended (~1979) via the inland route from Sayward to Beaver Cove this service was discontinued, and the Inside Passage route southern terminal was moved to Bear Cove. The ferry slip that 'Northern Exploration' saw was likely the old facilities at Beaver Cove.
Up until sometime between the summer of '72 and the summer of '73 the Island Princess went from Kelsey Bay to Beaver Cove, Alert Bay, and Sointula. At that time, the route was split, with (I believe) the Nimpkish taking over the Alert Bay and Sointula portion. Don't know when the Beaver Cove terminal was switched to Port MacNeill.
Do all ferries have these antennae, here on the port side? It looks like they couldn't afford cable TV for the bridge- I recall those on our roof forty years ago.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the North Island Princess the only minor vessel to have its own 'mini-brige', facing aft? I'm assuming that it's because there is zero stern visibility from inside the main bridge when they're backing into Powell River.