That's looking like the bulbous bow, or when the car deck used to extend out under the lifting bow. That doesn't look safe to me, but it's sure a good thing they fixed it to look like more of a proper bow!
What you are looking at in the pictures above is a modification made to facilitate bow loading at Horseshoe Bay. The ship was modified when it came to BC and unmodified when it was converted for northern service in 1980.
Today's view comes from December 1980 at berth 5 - Tsawwassen Terminal. At that time the QotN, on its winter schedule, made one round trip per week from Rupert to Port Hardy, and on to Tsawwassen. It made a second round trip south to PH only. The Tsawwassen trips were cut when BCFC decided to use one ship for both the Inside Passage and Haida Gwaii routes.
Berth 5 was radically altered about 12 years later to accommodate the Spirit class vessels.
Ah, yes, the North at Tsawwassen. I have a pic of the North sitting stern-to at berth 5 in expo colours at Tsawwassen. It's in the"Vancouver to Victoria" magazine that was sold on the Spirits back in the late 90s.
Queen of the North @ Prince Rupert on the occasion of her 'open ship' as the new 'Northern Ship' - 31 May 1980 This 'open ship' took place on the last day of May, 1980, as the former Queen of Surrey (the first) began service on BC Ferries' Inside Passage route.
Queen of the North @ the old Alaska Berth, Fairview (Prince Rupert) Terminal - 31 May 1980. The occasion was the 'Open Ship' that marked the beginning of service by the QotN on the Inside Passage route on that same day. This photo was taken at the occasion of the 'Open Ship' held at the beginning of the summer season for 1980, when this vessel was brand new to the run.
Also notable is that the ship is berthed at the old slip now used only by AMHS vessels. Photos showing the QotNorth at this berth must be pretty rare. I believe that it was early in 1981 that BC Ferries opened its own berth located just a little to the north of the Alaska berth.
Just when you thought that this thread was gone, kind of like the ship that inspired it...
In 1974 the citizens of Surrey were pleased, to say the least, to have a ferry named for them. And not just any ferry, but an imported beauty, quite unlike anything yet seen in the BC Ferry fleet. They held a parade and this model was one of the floats.
Post by bcfcbccsscollector on Jul 15, 2006 20:49:14 GMT -8
Well, if the model hasn't ended up in the maritime museum, I can't begin to imagine where it would surface, if ever. If it didn't get to the Maritime Museum of BC, I sure as hell hope it didn't end up as part of an act at the No. 5 Orange...............