Powell River-class ferry

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Bowen Queen in bound from the Gulf Islands - seen just off of Tsawwassen Terminal - 3 July 2011.jpg
Bowen Queen
Mayne Queen.jpg
Mayne Queen, with the side ramp depression visible on the left hand side, to the right of the propeller icon and right below the rust.
BC Ferry Powell River Queen viewed from side.jpg
Powell River Queen, with her lack of passenger seating on Deck Three, contrary to the other vessels in the class.
Class overview
Name: Powell River Class
Operators: BC Ferries
Built: 1965
Completed: 3
Active: 3

The Powell River Class ferry is a class of ships operated by BC Ferries. The open deck vessels are mostly used on low-to-moderate volume routes, with the Mayne Queen permanently on Route 5,[1] connecting the Outer Gulf Islands with Swartz Bay, the Powell River Queen on Route 23,[2] Campbell River to Quadra Island, and the Bowen Queen on relief duty, typically Routes 4,5, and 9.[3]

Differences Between Vessels[edit]

There are some distinctions between vessels, most obviously the different profile of the Powell River Queen- instead of having two passenger lounges on Deck Three and a centre lane for taller traffic like her sisters, the Powell River Queen has all that space for overheight vehicles, resulting in the different look. The Mayne Queen is the only one to have ever had side loading capabilities, for use at a pier as opposed to strictly BC Ferries terminals. These were fitted at the time of manufacture, and remained until a $9 million overhaul of the entire class in 1979 when along with being stretched and re-engined, she had her side ramp capability removed.[4] It is still possible to see the depression in the side of the deck where the ramp once was, just behind the painted propeller warning on opposing corners of the vessel. The Bowen Queen, only used now as a relief vessel along a number of routes when required, still has a staffed snack bar, whereas the Mayne Queen has had hers removed, in favour of vending machines.

Technical Details[edit]

  • MV Bowen Queen[3]
    • Built: Victoria, British Columbia, 1965
    • Length: 84.96 m (278'9")
    • Power: 3,600
    • Service speed: 14 knots
    • Gross tons: 1,475.68
    • Car capacity: 70
    • Passenger & crew capacity: 400
    • Route: The Bowen Queen currently is a relief vessel during the winter, although in the summer it serves on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route along with the MV Queen of Nanaimo.
  • MV Mayne Queen[1]
    • Built: Victoria, British Columbia, 1965
    • Length: 84.96 m (278'9")
    • Power: 3,600
    • Service speed: 14 knots
    • Gross tons: 1,475.68
    • Car capacity: 70
    • Passenger & crew capacity: 400
    • Route: Swartz Bay ↔ Outer Gulf Islands
  • MV Powell River Queen[2]
    • Built: Victoria, British Columbia, 1965
    • Length: 84.96 m (278'9")
    • Power: 3,600
    • Service speed: 14 knots
    • Gross tons: 1,486
    • Car capacity: 68
    • Passenger & crew capacity: 408
    • Route: Campbell RiverQuadra Island

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mayne Queen | BC Ferries - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.". www.bcferries.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Powell River Queen | BC Ferries - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.". www.bcferries.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Bowen Queen | BC Ferries - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.". www.bcferries.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  4. ^ "M.V. Mayne Queen - BC Ferries". www.westcoastferries.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 

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