This ferry's had an interesting history including a couple of times it has broken its cables and gone on a unscheduled excursion down the river towards Hells Gate. I believe one excusion wrecked the ferry while the other deposited it on China Bar just above Hells Gate.
Post by Low Light Mike on Oct 15, 2013 20:27:04 GMT -8
Lytton ferry on the Fraser River. - seen by me in the morning on Sept.12, 2013.
Views from up on Hwy-12: - This was one of my more successful pre-trip location ideas, on my interior rail & ferry trip. GoogleMaps street view is great for seeing sight lines at various roadside locations.
A photo of an earlier day. - the ferry workers have this photo in the wheelhouse. They were kind to show it to me.
Post by Low Light Mike on Oct 25, 2013 18:01:46 GMT -8
Some close-to-shore photos of the Lytton reaction ferry, on the Fraser River. - from the morning of September 12, 2013.
Photos taken from a roadside spot on Hwy-12, high above the east bank of the river.
Leaving west bank:
Arriving east bank:
Heading empty back to west bank. - morning weekday traffic is directional, with traffic (including a few small school buses) leaving their village on the west bank to go to Lytton or places nearby on the east side.
Morning commute for students who live on the west side.
Post by Low Light Mike on Nov 9, 2013 11:02:12 GMT -8
Some on-board and near shore photos of the Lytton reaction ferry, on the Fraser River. - morning of September 12, 2013.
I'm on deck-1 of the vessel, which is both the main vehicle deck and the bridge deck
Docking on the remote west-side of the river
Looking towards the highway side of the river, with the morning sun just about to appear over the mountains. - the highway on the hillside is where I took some photos & video footage from (posted earlier in this thread)
The view from the highway side of the river. - the cable in the foreground keeps the dock in place
Had a quick discussion with the deckhand on the Barnston ferry yesterday. All discussions on that crossing have to be quick, in the two minutes or so between leaving and docking. Hot day, 31 degrees, and the 'air conditioning' on board was a pump flooding the deck with river water, which she said took the edge off a bit. Apparently they can do in excess of a hundred crossings in a 9 1/2 hour shift, which means about every six minutes. Saw her have a contentious discussion with the driver of a tandem dump truck who was not overly happy to find he couldn't board; I'm not sure if it was a weight or length issue. A few days previous I watched another deckhand shepherd a driver onboard who was obviously flummoxed at having to back down the ramp. So, I guess there are the occasional hiccups to alter the routine of constant sailings. For an island with only about a hundred residents, that little ferry operation transports an awful lot of vehicles and people over the course of a day.
Okay, so these photos don't look like much, but I guess that's what a ferry wharf looks like after being abandoned for sixty years. I'm pretty sure this is the remains of the Ladner ferry dock. When in operation, it was much longer, and curved westward. There is still some asphalt remaining. I imagine most of the trestle was removed to aid access to the marina directly on the east side. The site is at the end of Ferry Road, logically enough.
On the shore promenade between the marina and the new housing development, there are plaques commemorating some of the Ladner ferries. There's a mistake there, though. The Pender Queen is named as a 'Ladner-Steveston' ferry. The Richmond terminal was actually Woodward's Landing, and the Motor Princess, as she was known at the time, never served the crossing, but was on a route from Steveston to Sidney.
Deas Island is in view, and I took a shot that showed the defunct wharf and the defunct Queen of Burnaby across the river, but the 'Burnaby was so small, I didn't think there was much point.