From April 1, 1984 ( No joke!) The Garibaldi II was operated privately. Highways, then later BCF owned the boat but it was operated and maintained by Harbour Cruises. Woodfibre was paying most or all of the bills and there never was any discussion to my knowledge, that the color would be changed. Prior to privatization, there was some discussion about using the boat to operate from the Lund area to Cortes Island but it was never pursued. It was hard to justify using a Government ferry running to Woodfibre after the town was closed and people were no longer living there. After privatization it seemed that BCF had enough small ferries that they didn't have a need or use for the Garibaldi II. At the time we were licensed for 400 passengers but the two side decks were mostly occupied by the placement of passenger "modules" which reduced the vehicle capacity to the centre lane and pockets for one vehicle on both sides at each end. We seldom used the stern pockets because most drivers had a hard time manouvering in and out of the small space. We were able to use the Nimpkish, Albert J Savoy and Nicola with our own crews when the Garibaldi II went in to Allied Shipyard for refit or repair.
According to the current Google Earth view, it looks like the ship is, or was, whatever the date, docked just east of the Second Narrows Bridge- likely at Allied. Can anyone confirm this? And is there any clue as to her current role?
I'm a long time subscriber of Western Mariner, and I haven't seen any mention of her being for sale. I guess it's good that she's not sinking into the muck alongside the Fraser like the San Mateo did, and perhaps the Queen of Sidney is in danger of doing, but it seems really strange that she just continues to be tied up, not being used for anything, after all these years.
Guess I could send Allied Shipyard a note, and ask for some insight.
The Garibaldi II has been sitting in the same spot pretty well for 13 years straight now it appears. Any chance I’ve had to get a closer look at it, I’ve always seen inactivity on board and the North Shore weather is sure taking it’s toll on it. As far as I could tell, the car deck lounges have also been removed at some point too. Shame that it’s no longer used, but I’ve always been under the impression it’s more or less on standby for the Woodfibre LNG project to take full effect. But I guess if that were the case, then things would have been kept a little better both aith the ship and the berth at Woodfibre. The last time I was at Woodfibre, the floating pontoon supporting the ferry ramp had sunk quite some time earlier. I’m imaging a full rebuild of the berth would be necessary should they decide to restart service with the Garibaldi. For now Woodfibre is served by a (regular?) water taxi run from Squamish.