I found a neat little website from a Hornby Island resident. He has a link to a song he wrote about Albert J. Savoie - the man, not the ferry. Although Albert J. Savoie himself had a huge role in running a ferry service to Hornby Island, there's a few references to the Ferries in the song. Click on the photo of the SS Loraine on the right side of the page and have a listen.
I found a neat little website from a Hornby Island resident. He has a link to a song he wrote about Albert J. Savoie - the man, not the ferry.
Wow, what a gem to find. Thanks Chris. I just listened at got a bit teary-eyed at the beauty of a song recognizing a way-of-life and a life-lived that I really admire. What an honour it would have been for Mr. Savoie to ride to/from Hornby in his late years, on a ship that bore his name.
That's a great find Chris... I've happened across the website before, but I'm not sure if I posted it. It's very well set up, even including a glossary for those not so familiar with the 'nautical' terms used in the song.
Notice, also, the links to other categories of working lives from BC's past, including mining, saw milling and railroad construction. It almost gives a tangible connection to this early history and, dare I say, much simpler way of life.
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I love those photos... it's great to see visual images of operations of a vessel actually at work on the coast that we don't always see everyday. I'd love to see so many more pictures, but I'd also just like to here some of you're experiences, as well. I'm sure you must run into a lot of tricky situations that need some jury-rigging to resolve, and you must meet some pretty quirky people, as well, who probably have very distinct characters.
Generally, we ran only the RJ but we sometimes had to use the barge to load and offload in Sechelt due to tides. Only when we had a load that was too much for our capacity would we take the barge on a trip. Most of the trips that I did were to Salmon Inlet ( Clowhom ) The RJ is a handy boat but the hull isn't too good for going up against the beach and the ramp is a little short . Because of her size it's easy to go alongside fish farms or into tight places like the island in Pender Harbour. No worries about maintaining a schedule, mostly watching weather and meeting tides ( especially in the Skookumchuck ) .
The RJ Breadner is the latest addition to the MMT fleet. She is of a handy size and maneuverability for working around farm sites.
The RJ can pack a lot of nets or other cargo and where required, can back right over a cage system walkway to install or remove nets. Equipped with a forklift, bow ramp, and side loading capabilities. She is very efficient in handling of general cargo.
General Particulars •114' deck cargo vessel •practical size and speed for net pulling and general cargo delivery •bow ramp for roll on/roll off loading •removable side rails for side loading •55 ton crane available for lift on/lift off cargo work
Post by Low Light Mike on Dec 14, 2009 9:11:16 GMT -8
Here are excerpts from an obituary for a man in Wisconsin. It's relevant to the A.J.Savoie discussion, because of a couple key similarities....
Richter, Arni Jacob
Arni Jacob Richter, 98, of Washington Island, died at his home Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 2009. He was born on Washington Island Feb. 5, 1911, to Carl and Maggie Richter...
He was an island resident his entire life, where he was notably engaged in the ferry transportation service.
On April 11, 1940, Arni and his father, Carl, purchased two wooden ferries from Captain William Jepson. This began a close association with the daily ferry business as a captain and company president that continued through his retirement in 2001.
One notable occasion was in October 1960, when the only bridge in Sturgeon Bay was rendered inoperable by a collision from the foreign freighter, Carlsholm. Within hours, Arni dispatched two ferries to help keep traffic moving from the east to west sides of Sturgeon Bay, with the resulting Door County Advocate headline: "Little Island Helps Big Island."
In May of 2003, the island's newest and largest and most powerful all-season ferry, ARNI J. RICHTER, was christened in his honor.
Here are a couple of pictures of the RJ Breadner at the new Darrell Bay ferry terminal on May 6/7 2010. The bow ramp and big loader tire were removed for this job before we left. We ran her from Sechelt to Darrell Bay on Thursday, did movie filming on Friday, and were back in Sechelt Saturday. ( The Big Year. ) Around 165 nautical miles and two trips through the Skookumchuck!
Well, the new berth in Darrell Bay looks pretty snazzy. The RJ still looks like a nice, trim little ferry, too. I just wonder how many people will seriously believe that that's supposed to be Anacortes? Maybe anyone who lives outside the west coast region can at least be fooled by it.
Post by Coastal Skier on May 10, 2010 19:40:50 GMT -8
The RJ Breadner was used for filming a movie at Darrell Bay near Squamish. Darrell Bay was filling in as WSF's Anacortes Terminal. She was brought over last Thursday evening and filming occurred over the weekend. These are some pictures of her arriving.
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Thanks for these photo captures! They must be using a surplus WSF sign for the terminal. Can't wait to see this film and to see how the natives here react in seeing a different Anacortes terminal they are used to seeing. A smaller dock, bigger and more beautiful mountains than what we see here, and a genuine Canadian ferry.