T-class ferry

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T-class ferry
Class overview
Builders: Allied Shipbuilders
Operators: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (1969–1985)
BC Ferries (1985–)
Built: 1969
General characteristics
MV Tachek
Tonnage: 797.0 GT
Displacement: 807 tonnes
Length: 49.53 m (162 ft 6 in)
Beam: 14.63 m (48 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 1,700 hp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 30 vehicles
143 passengers
Crew: 7
General characteristics
MV Quadra Queen II
Tonnage: 865.32 GT
Displacement: 819 tonnes
Length: 49.61 m (162 ft 9 in)
Beam: 14.63 m (48 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 1,700 hp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 30 vehicles
143 passengers
Crew: 7

BC Ferries operates two T class ferries for use on small inter-island routes. They have raised bows, which make it easier for the ships to travel in the rough seas often found on British Columbia's central coast. The ferries carry 30 cars and 150 passengers. Both were built in 1969. They were originally owned and operated by BC's Ministry of Transportation and Highways until 1985, when the Ministry's saltwater ferries and routes were transferred to BC Ferries, including the T-Class. The two T-class ferries are Tachek and Quadra Queen II.[1][2]

MV Tachek was built in 1969 in Vancouver, BC by Allied Shipbuilders.[1][3] She was originally named Texada Queen and was used on the Powell River-Blubber Bay route, serving her namesake Texada Island. She was renamed Tachek in 1977, and continued serving Texada Island until 1979 when the larger North Island Princess replaced her. Since then, she has served as an auxiliary vessel, providing additional capacity where demand is needed and serving as a backup ferry when other ferries are out of service. As of 2013, she is used on the route between Denman Island and Hornby Island from mid-fall to mid-spring, and serves as a backup vessel for the rest of the year, tied up at Blubber Bay when not in use.[1] On 15 December 2012, Tachek was removed from service to undergo a nine-month life-extension project.[4]

MV Quadra Queen II was built in 1969, also by Allied Shipbuilders in Vancouver, BC. She replaced the original Quadra Queen on the Campbell RiverQuathiaski Cove (Quadra Island) route. Quadra Queen was renamed Cortes Queen and later MV Nicola. In the late-1980s or early-1990s, Quadra Queen II was relocated to the Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula route.[2] As of April 2013, the ferry still serves this route.[5] From April 2010 to May 2011, Quadra Queen II underwent a CA$$15 million life extension project meant to prepare the vessel for another 20 years of service.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hammersmark, John. "Tachek - BC Ferries". West Coast Ferries. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hammersmark, John. "M.V. Quadra Queen II - BC Ferries". West Coast Ferries. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "MV Tachek". BC Ferries. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Service Notice - MV Tachek - Vessel Replacement". BC Ferries. 17 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Quadra Queen II". BC Ferries. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "MV Quadra Queen II Returnd to Service Following $15 Million Upgrade" (pdf). British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (Press release). Victoria, BC. 16 March 2011.