Did anyone get a picture of the fresh new car deck coating she recieved this last refit?
Not exactly a focus on the car deck, but you get the idea
Interesting. Thanks for capturing those. It sort of looks similar to an asphalt type coating that was used on the Skeena a number of years ago, unless it truely is a thick paint coating. Regardless, hopefully this deck coating lasts for a while.
Last Edit: Nov 5, 2012 22:32:57 GMT -8 by Ferryman
I guess the Bowen is always going to have a special place in my heart. I spent the first five years of my life on Bowen Island and on August 14th, 1966, the afternoon before I was born, my dad took my mother across to Horseshoe Bay on the Bowen Queen. My dad was pretty nervous that I might be born on the ship so he went up to the bridge to warn the captain. The captain radioed the Queen of Nanaimo which was just arriving as the Bowen approached Horsehoe Bay. Normally the Nanaimo would always have priority for docking at Horseshoe Bay, but the captain advised the Nanaimo of the situation and told them "stay where you are." To my knowledge, that is the only time in my life I have caused the delay of a BC Ferry! I was born about 2:00 AM the next day.
The only other anecdote I have on the Bowen is that around 1970 when I was about four years old, she had a very hard landing at the Snug Cove dock, which caused some significant damage to the dock and possibly some to the ship. My aunt recalls that this news was the first thing out of my mouth when she came to visit us. The Bowen's master at the time was known to the locals as "The Mad Russian". I always took this to mean that hard landings were not an uncommon feature of his career, but I cant say for sure. Maybe some older forum members will recall who he was. He is not to be confused with another "Mad Russian" who managed to skewer the Queen of Victoria that year.
The Bowen Queen is back home at Fulford Harbour. She showed up at about 20:00 on Feb 10th. She'll now be in lay up until her next task, which should be to cover for the Skeena Queen in April. Yesterday, alot of Salt Springers were commenting on how nice it is to see the Bowen Queen back in Fulford Harbour again. Late baby boomers were coming up to me and saying how they grew up traveling on this vessel. Salt Springers love the Bowen Queen over the Skeena Queen since she has a more sociable lounge to sit in. When the Bowen Queen does make a reappearance on Route 4, it could be quite chaotic with the amount of commercial traffic this route handles, which means alot of people could be left behind. I wouldn't doubt that Salt Springers opinion on the old Bowen Queen will change when the time comes. It's hard to tell in this photo due to the pixelation, but in person you can easily see the outlines of past paint schemes underneath that white paint. Kind of neat, like a time capsule.
The Bowen Queen this morning at 05:15 as she was coming out of layup at Fulford Harbour. Today was her first day covering for the Skeena between Fulford and Swartz Bay. The Bowen used to sail on this route for a number of years before the Skeena was built.
First off, Fulford Harbour terminal, showing Berth 1 being empty since the Skeena had just departed to the shipyard 3 hours earlier. Bowen Queen of course in Berth 2 getting warmed up.
Post by Koastal Karl on Jun 30, 2013 21:20:08 GMT -8
Just for your info the Bowen Queen used berth 3 at Tsawwassen for her 6:50pm departure to Long Harbour. I wonder if she always does that?? I was on her 2:55pm departure to Sturdies Bay and we left from berth 1 but she ties up there so of course we would. But I must say her car deck looks better than it did the last time I was on her which was like a year ago.