I like ferry photos that are a bit different, and that shot of the Mill Bay where it almost looks like she's been hauled up into someone's back garden is pretty intriguing. Definitely not your average shipyard view.
Post by Koastal Karl on Feb 19, 2008 17:27:01 GMT -8
I decided to do a roundtrip on the Mill Bay today seeing I havent been on her in years and it was a nice afternoon. I took the 2:25pm sailing out of Brentwood Bay and then returned right away on the 3:05pm sailing and I stayed onboard. Only $9.95 to do a roundtrip which is pretty darn cheap. The captain scared me coming into Mill Bay I thought he was gonna take out the dock as he pretty much ran into the bumper and I was standing right there. Only 4 crew members on the ship. The Mill Bay makes a nice little crossing. Pretty full going over but not so much going back. Photos will be uploaded later tonight or tommorrow when I have time.
www.ferrypicsbygraham.fotopic.net/p43663518.html ...Leading to this stairway to get up to the vehicle deck. Shane probably won't see this but he can attest as a fan to this being a surprisingly usual design in Norway for example, having a lounge below the vehicle deck.
Another oddity of the Mill Bay is how the washrooms are above the vehicle deck, behind the wheelhouse...
Don't know about anybody else, but I'm going to miss the great, hulking, metal and wood dock structures that used to serve even the smallest boats, and which seemed to make the ferry landing a rather significant place. Don't know which side of Saanich Inlet this is, probably mid '70s.
And then there's the Mill Bay. The ride-em lawn mower that floats. Yes, it has it's charms, despite being the only boat in the fleet with it's 'lounge' down in steerage. Everything about this boat induces claustrophobia, from the dungeon, cardeck, the narrow stairway, and the smallest passenger deck imaginable, with washroom doors to whack passersby. With no terminal staff and a boat that runs on an oily rag, this route is probably pretty cheap to operate, but the humble little Mill Bay is a little too utilitarian for me.
Could this deck be any smaller?....
When you're the 19th car onboard, there's not much deck left.
I would think the best time to do this is during a slack travel time frame, if there are any on this run.
Also, since the MILL BAY has a wheelhouse at one end, you'll be parked "backwards" going to Mill Bay, "forward" going to Brentwood. This means that you board at the bow at Brentwood and unload off the stern at Mill Bay, and board at the stern at Mill Bay and unload off the bow at Brentwood. Hopefully, you have a back window on your motor home.
The MILL BAY has three decks for passengers. The Main Deck is where cars are parked. There is a windowless lounge below (ahead of the Engine Room). There are passenger heads and an open promenade topside. There is no food service on this ferry, except what the crew brings aboard for their lunches and snacks. Be sure to have some snacks of your own to munch on.