Wow, interesting! Well, you learn something new everyday then! I didn't know they did markings like that on the ferries back then to mark that event. Also, looks like the hull was painted red too. I wonder why BCF kept on alternating between to Green or Red hulls on the Ferries.
Thank you for sharing your pictures. You have some great pictures of the Sunshine Coast Queen.Your latest picture posted of her passing under the upper levels hwy, is one of the nicest one's I've seen. She sure looked massive, that was just one year before her retirement.
As the Vacationland, the Sunshine Coast Queen was capable of between 16 and 17 mpg. BCF ran her much more slowly, I'd guess 13 to 14 mph. They did this because they were A) trying to conserve fuel, B) trying to prolong engine life as there were no inexpensive spare parts available for her from Nordberg, the engine manufacturer, and C) they ran her much deeper draft than she was originally designed for, as she had platform decks installed to increase her capacity, and they ballasted her down by a couple feet to make sure she matched the other BCF ships under the aprons. All told, it made for a slow (but interesting) trip across Howe Sound!
Well, seeming there was a spambot issue on this thread earlier this morning, and there would have been a blue dot, that signals there was a new message on this board, I may as well make it worth while to have a look at this board.
Now I bet most of you haven't seen this pics, so enjoy...