Seeing as the HSQ has evacuation chutes now, as do some of the other so called minor vessels, I've been trying to come up with what would be a workable scenario for their actual use. Mainly, because, it seems that these systems are only for situations that would be less than catastrophic in that, in order for them to be truly effective, the ship still generally has to remain floating on an even keel.
I'd imagine for fires below decks, or even in the cabin or on the car deck, where the ship isn't really going to be too quick to capsize, or list, the slides will work fine, and that most passengers could escape that way. If one of these minor ships ever decided to pull a Queen of Alberni, an go up on a reef at a nice angle, the effectiveness of some of these systems is hard to visualize. Although it did take the Alberni some time to actually start listing after she went on the reef, it seems that if a ship suffered a truly catastrophic sinking or capsize event, however unlikely, the slides would be rendered pretty much ineffective by the event.
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2011 9:45:15 GMT -8 by Mill Bay
Believe it or not, the Howe Sound Queen has at least one potential sister ship back in Quebec still.
So here's a bit of an insight on the Howe Sound Queen first. Her original name was the Napoleon L. When she arrived in BC in 1971, she was deployed to the Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island run and renamed Howe Sound Queen. She operated for a short time in her original configuration, which consisted mostly of a very small lounge and wheelhouse staggered to the port side of the vessel. It wasn't long after entering service, that the superstructure was modified. The original lounge was lifted to accomodate overheights on the port side of the (off) center casing, and was also expanded across to the starboard side of the vessel. The height clearance on the car deck is about 15' 2" on both sides of the (off) center casing. The wheelhouse was also rebuilt and set above the lounge to be in line with the center line of the vessel, how a wheelhouse should be set. Here's a look at the difference in configurations, as seen from the book, "Queens of British Columbia".
Now obviously shes seen even more modifications since then. When her lounge was modified, she only had the one staircase leading up to the lounge, which was on the #1 end (the end with the anchor is the #1 end). On the #2 end, there used to be a gangway that was held up by cables and counterweights that was to be used in case of an emergency. It was accessed via the lifeboat/rescue boat deck. From what I gather, all you had to do was simply step on the gang way, and down she went towards the car deck which became a steep staircase. See a picture of this hereThis wasn't modified until the last 5-10 years, when a staircase was built with a catwalk going up and over the car deck lounge. The staircase on the #1 end also saw a fairly recent modification with the installation of the handicap washroom and C02 storage locker which ended up right at the base of where the staircase used to be. So there was a covered walkway built up and over these rooms.
You can see the difference in construction depending on which side of the lounge you look at. The side of the lounge you see on the starboard side with the larger beams was the BC Ferries modification. This is a similar construction of beam that you see on a number of older BC Ferries vessels (V-Class/B-Class). The beams on the port side are original from when the ship was built.
Anyways, now that you've seen a bit of a history with the Howe Sound Queen, now it's time to take a look at her (potential) sister and to notice the similarities between these vessels and the original configuration of the HSQ.
Here's the Lucien L. She was built in 1967 (three years after HSQ)
Howe Sound Queen en Route to Salt Spring from Deas, with a brief layover at Tsawwassen as seen from Queen of Nanaimo. June 17th, 2012. She went via Active Pass and up Sansum Narrows to Vesuvius Bay on the West side of Salt Spring Island.
In this first picture, to the right of the Howe Sound Queen, you can see the smoke from the Crofton Pulp Mill way in the distance, and Mt Prevost towering beside it. That has been the Howe Sound Queen's stomping grounds for around 20 years now
Exiting Active Pass
Last Edit: Jun 20, 2012 22:34:38 GMT -8 by Ferryman
Howe Sound Queen approaching Vesuvius Bay Dock at twenty after nine, July 15th. Normally she would be tieing up at this point, but the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule staggers the sailings ahead by an hour. So this was the end of round trip number 13, about to finish off with number 14.
The Howe Sound Queen has missed a round trip this morning due to an accident. I haven't heard any full details, but it sounded like a car wasn't able to stop while it was about to be parked at the bow so it ended up crashing into the gates. It doesn't sound like the car ended up in the water or anything, so I guess the gates must have stopped the car.
It was only about a year and a half ago that these gates were installed! Before that, there used to be two sets of chains hung all the way across the bow, sort of similar to how you see them rigged up for now.
For a brief moment in time this evening around sunset, there was a strange tone to the surroundings. It must have been a sunset that was happening not far above all of the low clouds that seemed to have hovered around all day. I tried my best to capture it, but this was the end result. As seen from the Howe Sound Queen tonight.
Post by Low Light Mike on Feb 3, 2013 7:22:56 GMT -8
Hownd Dawg video from February 2, 2013.
I visited Salt Spring Island briefly on Saturday evening, for a work matter. So I was at the terminal at Crofton waiting for almost an hour, and then did a trip over to the Island, did my work, and then waited at Vesuvius for a bit. Then the trip back to Crofton.
So I shot a bunch of long video segments, and edited them using my software. Night video is challenging, so those night clips are shorter and are mainly just where there was enough ship or shore artificial light available.
ps: - I missed the sailing that forum member "Elwha on the Rocks" was on, by just a few minutes. So I was on the 5:50pm sailing from Crofton.