The shots of our sweet little ferry remind me so much of spending hours on the lawn by the office at Bamberton watching it her shuttle back and forth. She looked very nice on CHEK tonight, just wish I could have made it down to be there today.
Post by Scott (Former Account) on May 2, 2011 0:16:38 GMT -8
A few more photos to add from yesterday...
Freshly polished builders plaque...
Route 12 specific graphic...
Departing Brentwood Bay for her second to last time with passengers...
Departing Mill Bay for her last time with passengers...
Approaching Brentwood Bay with passengers for the last time...
Last vehicle disembarks...
...and the route commemoration plaque was removed before she finished service for the evening
Thank you to everyone who came out to give the Mill Bay a wonderful send off!
For those unaware, she is supposed to depart Brentwood Bay for Mill Bay sometime around noon today for the official handover to her new owners. After the handover, she will then depart Mill Bay to begin her journey to her new home.
The ship trackers show the MILL BAY at her namesake berth (most likely for the last time). Her movement to there from Brentwood Bay occurred sometime this morning.
She's not alone as the big COASTAL CELEBRATION was in the area as of the time of this posting doing maneuvers that would make anyone dizzy.
The Celebration would right now been in sight from the Mill Bay terminal. If anyone was down there in the next few minutes, when the Mill Bay prepares to leave, it would be interesting perspective to compare David and Goliath.
Last Edit: May 2, 2011 11:05:39 GMT -8 by Mill Bay
BCFerries has now updated their web page: although the ship's profile is still online for the moment, it is now listed on the opening page as 'Retired May 2011', and in the profile page, the route the ships serves is described as: 'Retired from service May 1, 2011'.
Some of my photos from her last two round trips of service on May 1st
Row of Ferry Geeks below the wheelhouse
Arriving at Brentwood Bay. Just above the water line right at the bow, you can see the white patch of steel which was the repair to the crack that was discovered after a hard landing at Brentwood a week or two ago.
I spent most of my first ever sailing aboard the Mill Bay below decks, discussing with the Chief Engineer how everything all works. It's amazing how simple everything is.
This is the air compressor. It is run by a belt that turns with the rotating propeller shaft
These are the engines water cooling pipes. The hot water expelled from the engine can be recirculated into the passenger lounge, and wheelhouse into the radiator to provide heating. In the summer, the valves are closed which expels the water overboard.
This is the engine controls. The lever with the wood knob is the engine speed lever. The silver lever to the right switches the gears in the transmission from Neutral, Ahead, and Astern
The Engines are then rung standby by the Captain. The Engineer stands by and controls the engine movements at the command of the telegraph. This was for the second to last arrival at Mill Bay
For ships power, there was a tiny generator that was probably smaller than your average lawnmower engine. It was only used to keep the supply of ships battery's charged. When you think about it, there isn't that much in the way of electronics needing electricity. A few navigational instruments, and some lights. I didn't get any photos of this.
For the second to last sailing back to Brentwood Bay, I had the opportunity to steer. Like most ships, she steers well once you find that sweet spot with the rudder. The size of her wheel is quite large.
For the final round trip, things became a little more sentimental. The Chief Officer and Deckhand posed for a picture for the final official sailing from Brentwood Bay
For this sailing we all sat on the lifejacket locker to enjoy the views of Saanich inlet.
Before we knew it, we were in Mill Bay. Here she is, being prepared for her final load of cars
The two Deckhands both push the button to raise the ramp for the last time at Mill Bay
For the last time at Mill Bay, the mesh barrier is put back up
The final Departure from Mill Bay
For the occasion, the Captain took us the long way around the small Island....I can't remember its name....
As we get closer to Brentwood Bay, the crew readies any loose items that BC Ferries wishes to transfer over to the Klitsa
With all cars offloaded, and the telegraph rung to finished with engines, the crew has their picture taken after the final day of service for the Mill Bay
Post by Low Light Mike on May 8, 2011 19:14:44 GMT -8
I didn't get too good a look at the telegraph, in the MV Mill Bay's crowded wheel-house.
One thought: - Because the ship was built at VMD in the late 1950's, at the same time as some CP BC Coast Service ships were being scrapped nearby, what are the odds that this Mill Bay telegraph comes from one of the old CP BCCS ships ?
Post by Retrovision on May 9, 2011 10:56:13 GMT -8
I can't seem to find the post to quote after a couple look-throughs, but in regard to the historical display that was taken away a while before our Mill Bay's last day, here are some of my captures from a few months ago... (I understand that Mr. Horn made a similar posting a while ago, but thought I'd try to add my attempts to his)