MV Queen of Cowichan

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Name: Queen of Cowichan
Namesake: Cowichan Valley, British Columbia
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Route: Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay
Builder: Burrard Yarrows Ltd. (Victoria)
Completed: 1976
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: C-class ferry
Tonnage: 6503
Length: 139 m (456 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 11,860 hp (8,840 kW)
Propulsion: Two MaK 12M551AK
Speed: 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h)
  • 1,494 passengers & crew
  • 360 cars

MV Queen of Cowichan is a BC Ferries vessel, built in Victoria, British Columbia in 1976. It joined the other two C-class ferries built that year, Queen of Alberni and Queen of Coquitlam, and was followed by Queen of Surrey and Queen of Oak Bay. The ship, like all C-class ferries, is double-ended. This means the ship never has to turn around in port during regular service. The ships two MaK 12M551AK engines turn out 11,860 horsepower (8,840 kW) which gives it a service speed of 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph). Like all the C-class ferries it is 139.28 metres (456 ft 11 in) long. Almost identical to Queen of Coquitlam, the vessel has a car capacity of 392 and a passenger capacity for 1,466 people. The ship has two car decks. A lower car deck capable of carrying trucks and buses carries the overheight vehicles while the upper car deck can carry the majority of the cars on board. She is named for the regional district of Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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