Queen of Esquimalt, launching at VMD, Victoria - 22 January 1963. VMD = Victoria Machinery Depot, once a prominent ship builder in Victoria, BC, and builder of much of the early BC Ferry fleet. This launching also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of VMD.
In behind the ferry you can see the large grain elevator that once graced Victoria's waterfront. It was considered as a text book example of 'white elephant'.
Post by Queen of Nanaimo Teen on Sept 29, 2015 9:50:52 GMT -8
Often I like to look through my albums of the retired BC Ferries, like the Queen of Esquimalt, as it brings back really good memories from a few years ago. Looking at photos of the interior, I can recall how the ship felt, the smells that were ever present, and the various sounds. These are great memories for me! Do any of you identify with this? Enough of the sappiness. Looking through my Queen of Esquimalt album the other day, I noticed this photo I took in the mid-ship lounge candidly captured this couple in the foreground:
On a more serious note, here are a couple of photos from this same trip, which was to be my last on the Queen of Esquimalt
Here are a couple of magazine articles from 1969 on the stretching of the Queen of Esquimalt. As most will know, the Esquimalt was the first of the Seven Sisters to be stretched. These items come from my brother's collection (Mr DOT Collection). The second article (from later in 1969) is definitely from Harbour & Shipping, and the first article (Feb 1969) was likely from the same source. The second article is not complete as I could not find a second page to scan.
Post by hullnumbers on Dec 10, 2018 21:45:12 GMT -8
Took a look and read, thank you WettCoast. Interesting articles of the before and after. Looking at the photo in the first article the QoE looks longer. The stern and whole design were obvious guessed and drawn. After completion in the second article, no one would have known that this was the result. Thanks for sharing.