MV Kelowna-Westbank

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MV Kelowna-Westbank
NamesakeKelowna and Westbank, British Columbia
RouteOkanagan Lake
BuilderDepartment of Public Works
LaunchedFebruary 21, 1927
Nickname(s)MV Holdup
FateRetired 1938
General characteristics
Tonnage104 tons
Length94 ft (29 m)
Beam32 ft (9.8 m)
Capacity15 cars

MV Kelowna-Westbank was a diesel-powered ferry that operated on Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada beginning in 1927.[1] Although private ferry service had long been established on the lake, Kelowna-Westbank became the first provincial government-operated ferry upon her launch on February 21, 1927.[2]

She was built by the Department of Public Works as a state-of-the-art vessel and was named after the communities Kelowna and Westbank, which she and the other ferries linked. She measured 94 feet (29 m) long by 32 feet (9.8 m) in beam and she was 104 tons. Kelowna-Westbank carried two life boats, one life raft, and had a capacity of 15 cars.[3]

She solved transportation issues on Okanagan Lake for many years under Captain L. A. Hayman,[4] but traffic steadily increased as the area developed and during the cold winters of the 1930s, she was often unable to provide service.[5] In addition, her wooden hull had begun to deteriorate and she was nicknamed MV Holdup.[6] By 1938, it was clear that Kelowna-Westbank was no longer able to keep up with demand and she was taken to the shipyard and Okanagan Landing for repairs. However, dry rot had damaged her irreparably and she was retired, with her machinery and equipment stored in Kelowna. The following year, Kelowna-Westbank's replacement, the steel ferry MV Pendozi, was built to continue the ferry service on Okanagan Lake.[7]

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  1. ^ Upton, Primrose (1 Nov 1973). "Okanagan Lake Bridge". Thirty-seventh annual report of the Okanagan Historical Society. p. 70.
  2. ^ Hatfield, Harley R. (1992). "Commercial Boats of the Okanagan". Okanagan history. Fifty-sixth report of the Okanagan Historical Society. pp. 20–33.
  3. ^ Hayman, L. A. (1971) [1937]. "The Kelowna-Westbank Ferry". Reprint of report numbers 7, 8, 9, 10 of the Okanagan Historical Society. Vol. 10. pp. 39–44.
  4. ^ Clement, J. Percy (1960). "Early Days in Kelowna". The twenty-fourth report of the Okanagan Historical Society. pp. 165–166.
  5. ^ Powley, Hume M. (1999). "Building the Kelowna-Naramata Road: 1936-1939". Okanagan history: Sixty-third report of the Okanagan Historical Society. p. 54.
  6. ^ Pooley, Ian (30 September 2013). "Getting across the Lake: Sinking Scows and Panicked Passengers". The Daily Courier.
  7. ^ Goett, R. Lakeboats of the Okanagan (PDF). Retrieved 2 October 2017 – via Lake Country Museum.