Post by Low Light Mike on Mar 17, 2012 18:14:42 GMT -8
Bone Queen seen leaving Nanaimo Harbour terminal on Saturday March 17, 2012. - I'm on the harbourfront walkway, underneath the Cameron Island condo tower (and at the spot where Quinsam kissed the concrete wall, a couple of years ago.)
Traffic lined up at Long Harbour on Sunday night, July 15th, 2012
I often wonder if Route 9a could see some scrutiny for cutbacks in the future. Hard to imagine when you see traffic lining up like this. This would be close, if not already full load of vehicles in the lot.
Here she is Departing Long Harbour, approaching Birdshit Rock, as seen from Scott Point
Rounding Nose Point
At this point, the Captain made a cheesy announcement, mentioning the Cruise Ship that was anchored off their starboard side. Yes, there was a cruise ship anchored there. It's called "The World". The Captain announces it by saying "You're attention please passengers, on our Starboard side you'll see the cruise ship, 'The World'. Sail with BC Ferries and you'll see the world". As for seeing it on this forum, have a look at my next update in the Cruise Ship section of the forum.
I wonder if, in the future, we'll see a larger ship running route 9a. I could see a second Generation Island Sky (125 car cap) on the route in the near future, once the Bowen's retired. Or maybe they'll move the Cumby (127 car cap)or Cappy (85 car cap) over once the retirements occur, and put the new vessels on their current routes. The Capilano seems the most logical. She has the smallest capacity of the above suggestions, yet it's still fifteen vehicles more than the Bowen Queen's seventy cars. Any thoughts?
The Bowen Queen is my favorite ship to cross the Georgia Strait in. I've probably mentioned that fact before, but it's worth mentioning again. She has a unique feel to her, she feels more ship-like, the way she moves through the water. I love it.
If the Bowenites love the Bowen Queen service the Bowen Island route. Why doesn't BC Ferries have her on the route during the all winter?
Because it doesn't meet capacity needs, can't have the overhead walkway, and the majority of the islanders would complain. What you see there is, as far as I can tell, a nostalgic minority.
Plus, their namesake ferry has never really been the "Bowen Island Ferry." For many years the Howe Sound Queen serviced the route while the Bowen Queen held down the fort on Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbor.