Alright, so way back when the yahoo BC Ferry forum was existant, and in full operation, I used to like digging around through the files and photos people had uploaded. There was a section that members could access which included various photos, and even the odd sound file.
Now this leads me to the question: (thinking that all of the members from that board have finally immigrated over to this board)
Who was it who had the recording of the old announcement chime?
I actually even had the link saved on Windows media player which incorperated it into my playlist, yet it was still hosted via the yahoo forum. But it didn't last on there long, and the link wasn't any good after sometime in 2005. The forum would also say who posted what, and for some reason denelsons name comes to mind. The caption under the "chimes" title was "Chime recording from the Queen of Oak Bay". It wasn't anything special, it was just the old "Bing, Bong" that alot of us grew up to hearing everytime we took a trip on the Ferry.
If the person who created that sound file is a member on this board, I encourage you to re-post it on here. I'd really appreciate it. Also, anyone who might have a recording of the old announcements in general would be appreciated as well.
I put the microphone of a tape recorder right up to the loudspeaker, played the tape directly into my computer, then used Cool Edit Pro to filter out the background noise.
Oh, that same tape is how I got the following announcement text:
"B.C. Ferries welcomes you aboard. The sailing time to our Nanaimo terminal at Departure Bay will be about 1 hour and 35 minutes. During the trip, please do not remain on the vehicle decks. Move up to the passenger deck, and enjoy the many services available on this vessel. These include a cafeteria, snack bar, gift shop, elevators, telephone, and a play area for children. The main washrooms are equipped with infant change tables, and there are facilities for people with disabilities. If you're having trouble finding anything, just ask one of our crewmembers for help. A reminder, all pets must be kept on the vehicle decks, except guide dogs for people who are visually impaired, and certified assistance dogs for those with other disabilities. Because ship movement can sometimes cause you to lose balance, always use handrails when taking the stairs from one deck to another. If you need bus transportation, and have not made arrangements yet, see the bus driver at his desk on the passenger deck, next to the gift shop. Tickets will be sold there for the next 45 minutes."
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2008 22:23:47 GMT -8 by DENelson83
Yes, I'm the one who recorded that, in December 2003.
Hmmph. How come whenever I get to something, its expired lol. COuld someone fix that link? I remember that chime from when i was an itty bitty boy. My favorite ferry memory though is that old fashioned ferry-ish smell. Oh, I loved that smell. I haven't smelled it now for soooo many years, but i still know it, and long to smell it again. That smell left the ferries when the coastalisation started. Ever since then, they just haven't been the same...
but if anyone has a link to that chime that actually works, that'd be great!
This chime is really great. I use Thunderbird as my email application at the office. I use the BCF chime sound as an alert, instead of the default alert sound, when I get new mail. Much better than the default!
CFAX1070 used to use this chime when they did BC Ferries traffic reports. "No waits at any terminals, stay tuned, stay informed, on CFAX1070, Victoria's news authority."
Now, back to our regular, or unscheduled, programming on this fantastic Forum! ;D
Post by bcferryfan87 on Jul 10, 2009 11:14:11 GMT -8
Thank you for the old announcement sound; I miss this. I also liked the link I found from someone that shows all that old BC Ferry stuff on the old webpage. I wish they had kept something similar to the colours - maybe gone back to the old dogwood if they didn't want to keep the Socredish/NDP Red and Blue. I'm not a big fan of the Dark blue; it's too "cold" in a way.
Hmmm, the recording must have broke. A similar thing happened a few years ago on the NIP
Okay, let me rephrase that...
The disk (or tape) that has the recorded safety announcements on it (with the female voice) once broke on the North Island Princess (NIP). So the crew decided to use the old announcements (with the male voice) while they waited for a new disk to arrive (it was practically the same thing and much better IMHO). What I was saying was, maybe they did the same thing on the Queen of Capilano and are now using the old announcements temporarily.
On another note, I recall up until the last year or two that BC Ferries used the old announcements (probably taken from the Queen of Sidney) when the Queen of Tsawwassen replaced the Burnaby on the Comox route. (fortunately we didn't have to hear "welcome aboard the Queen of (sah-wah-sen) for too long)"
...okay, I guess he deleted his post.[/edit]