Interesting front & back from a postcard: - the backside is the previous postcard owner's notes. - note the silly printed comment on her route from Britannia Beach to Woodfibre ;D
Benoit Chalifour photo.
I bought that postcard at a gift shop in Waterfront Centre about 20 years ago, LOL, about to make its start from Britannia Beach to "Woodfibre, North Vancouver. Untie the docklines, it would probably sink.
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Langdale Queen (ex Kahloke) @ Deas Dock maintenance centre - 4 April 1977. By this time her working days with BC Ferries were finished. Just a few months earlier three new C-class vessels had joined the fleet which led to B-class Spaulding vessels being re-deployed other routes. This in turn bumped a few older vessels right into retirement.
:)on a facebook site is a picture of this same vessel in the early 1900's passubg Titanic's sister in New York harbour, as Asbury Park, she lasted many years longer than the White Star Line, and in these last years, I actually held her wheel for a brief turn! mrdot. incidently while texting this note, I am listening to CBC's radio 2's this is my music with Ben Butterfield, an opera singer who's dad was master of Queen of the North, and worked some of these old timers! when I was in my working days! mrdot.
Okay, with the recent discussion in the 7 sisters thread re. the Kahloke and Chinook on route 1, I am wondering if anyone has a photo of the duo in Active Pass?
We've seen alot of the V/B class, Coastal class, Spirit class and even C class in Active Pass, but it would be neat to see those two ships together. I don't think there's ever been a photo posted to the forum of that duo in the pass, or for that matter, on route 1 altogether.
:)a great pic. of the just completed major conversion of this elderly 1903 built Asbury Park, and for many years City of Sacramento. The conversion at Yarrows Esquimalt yard, was guite masterful for those years, and I have memories of trips as a youngster, on her Black Ball Nanaimo-Horsehoe Bay run, and a brief encounter when I was relief seaman on her re-deliverly to Swartz Bay, from Esquimalt DD, in the late 60's, she was Langdale Queen in those years. A facebook site on the 4 funneled liners had a pic. of the Titanic's sister Olympic, in New york harbour with the 1903 built Asbury Park, the same ship! she sure outlasted all those White Star Liners! :)mrdot.
Great pic of my favorite retired ferry. The only thing I can't understand is why her superstructure wasn't built out flush with the sides of the cardeck, and rounded like it was on the V-Class.
It would likely cost much more to engineer curved walls for the bow. Chopping off the original bow and slapping on a v-wall would have been faster and cheaper both in design and construction, so Black Ball probably just saw that as fit. Plus, those kinds of conversions aren't exactly an everyday thing, so it's not like they have lots of expertise in the design of a new bowpiece. The Sechelt Queen/Chinook also didn't get a curved front, although it did look better than the Langdale Queen's.
Black Ball schedule: - The June 27th date on this means that this is the 1953 inaugral schedule advertisement. (read EG Fleet's post, a few before this post) - MV Chinook II isn't listed, because she's still working in Victoria, I presume.
Frank Clapp's "Ships of British Columbia Waters" claims that the barge, formerly known as Lansdale Queen and a handful of other things, ended up in the Seymour Inlet's Strachan Bay. Have there been any sighting of this barge since 2009? Interesting that it seems to just keep on going.
Welcome aboard here, Naz. A Nanaimo happy new year to you.
I love the old black & white shot of Kahloke. Is that from your dad's collection?
I look forward to seeing what other gems you have in store for us to enjoy, from your personal or family collection. ....and you will get to meet some of the people here, who supply your facebook with photos. A good time to negotiate the fee for that
(we're kinda big on photo-credit protocols here. but that's easy to work with)
:)thank-you for posting this excellent batch of pics of the Langdale Queen, former Kahloke, a ship that I served once upon a time when on the Swartz Bay spare board I was crew on a re-positioning from Esquimalt dry dock over to Swartz. I remember well her eratic stering, which was scarey for this young seaman! What a story her hull could tell of her many years from her 1903 beginning as Asbury Park! :)mrdot.
Thanks for the welcome, and Happy Nanaimo New Year Mike! The B&W photo was one I had saved on my PC for quite some time, can't remember where I found it. The Colour ones had the mark of the SSHSA on them, so figured that would suffice as credit.
Funny, something I just noticed in the 2 pics I have quoted here, and haven't seen in other pics, even ones from once she was retired. In the first pic at the very forward part of the cabin, and in the second pic ahead of the fifth window from the stern, there appears to be openings added. Perhaps these were put in for the few times she serviced Route 1 for the Passenger walkways. If you look at the pic of her tied up at Brittania, the stern opening is no longer there.
If you have a look at the Kahloke promo photo from 1953, zoom-in and you can see these openings were in place since her rebuild. The difference being, solid-plate doors were used as they were located immediately inside the lounges.