You missed pointing out a very important difference. These Ontario ferries are to be battery electric powered vessels. They will produce 95% less CO2 emissions than conventional diesel powered ferries. BC Ferries should be doing this with any new vessels operating on shorter routes.
I often miss the obvious. I think it's the curse of being a minutia-man.
Post by articulated on May 20, 2019 16:53:29 GMT -8
Pelee Islander II finally entered service on April 5th with the start of the 2019 ferry season: windsor.ctvnews.ca/new-pelee-island-ferry-makes-debut-in-leamington-1.4367682. For the 2019 season, both Pelee Islander (the first) and Pelee Islander II will operate. The other vessel Jiimaan will undergo a mid-life refit before returning next season, at which point Pelee Islander will be retired.
Meanwhile, major problems affecting the new vessel delaying its entry into service have been revealed. While the official publicized reason for the delay was red tape on certifying evacuation procedures, there were many other issues affecting the vessel, including leaking HVAC systems, incorrect amperage on the shore power connection, missing parts that prevented the stowing of the evacuation chutes, worn electrical cables, and even seating being ordered without headrest covers.
Post by Starsteward on Jul 5, 2019 14:35:17 GMT -8
...Ahem, I must admit that many moons ago I travelled to the North Shore on the old Vancouver Ferry, (which became a seafood restaurant). And, no I wasn't in possession of a driver's license at the time. I can still smell the creosote of the wharf pilings and the oil stained car deck, but most of all I remember the smells emanating from the engine room that one could look into from a couple of vantage points on the car deck. Ah to smell the water mixed with all the others, is something I really miss of 'yesteryear' in Vancouver's harbor.
Toronto Islands ferry William Inglis, en route from downtown Toronto to Centre Island - 25 June 2019. This looks to be a close sister to the ferry Sam McBride, a photo of which I posted earlier (on this thread).
Thanks for posting those two vessels Jim, and while they have the appearance of "elder-vessels", a couple of questions if I may? As we forum members have blatted on about countless times about our Seabus configurations etc., those Ontario vessels sure allow for optimum sight-seeing possibilities don't they. What is the operating speed of those boats? I assume that all is ship-shape vis-à-vis Transport Canada regulations et al? The height of those 2 vessels obviously preclude that vessels designed like these two wouldn't be appropriate for the terminals we have but once again, these lovely boats make us wonder if we couldn't have used a bit more foresight as to a different design for our harbor-crossing wee ships, eh?
Kingston - Wolfe Island ferry Upper Canada at its Kingston berth - 10 November 1972. As can be seen in the photo it was a side-loader, and carried a max of 16 vehicles. Must have been a pain to load ...
At the time there was a second vessel on the run, the Wolfe Islander II which was about the same size & also a side-loader. Both of these vessels were apparently replaced in 1976 by the current ferry (Wolf Islander III) which has three times the capacity of these little guys and has bow & stern loading. The new boat also is apparently much better at dealing with winter ice conditions. The one disadvantage is sailing frequency is much less than was the case when there were two vessels.
The only food service on the vessel at that time was a Wonder Bread truck - yum, yum ...
I shot this photo when I was 18 years old, and in Kingston for the Canadian Universities Cross-Country running meet. I did not then know that getting the whole vessel into the photo might have been a good idea.