MV Queen of Chilliwack

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Queen of Chilliwack at Port Hardy on August 9, 2008
History
NorwayNorway
Name: Bastø I
Owner: AS Alpha, Gokstad AS
Operator: AS Alpha, Gokstad AS
Route: Moss–Horten Ferry
Builder: Framnæs Mekaniske Værksted
Yard number: 190
Completed: 1978
Fate: sold to BC Ferries in 1991
CanadaCanada
Name: Queen of Chilliwack
Namesake: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Acquired: 1991
Fate: sold to Goundar Shipping in 2015
FijiFiji
Name: Lomaiviti Princess III
Owner: Goundar Shipping Ltd.
Operator: Goundar Shipping
Acquired: 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: unclassified
Type: ferry
Displacement: 3447
Length: 114.58 m
Installed power: 5,880 hp (4,380 kW)
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h)
Capacity:
  • 400 passengers and crew
  • 115 cars

MV Queen of Chilliwack was a ferry owned by BC Ferries, built in Norway in 1978, then known as Bastø I. The ferry route she was assigned to was the Moss–Horten Ferry in the Oslofjord.

In 1991 Bastø I was bought by BC Ferries. She had to travel 35 days on the trip to British Columbia from Norway, via the Panama Canal. When the vessel arrived she first went to Point Hope Shipyard for a major overhaul for the Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands ferry route in the Gulf of Georgia. She was then named Queen of Chilliwack. She later changed to the Earls Cove - Saltery Bay route.

In 1996 Queen of Chilliwack was taken out of service for another overhaul, this time the ferry was assigned to the new mid-coast route called the Discovery Coast Passage which goes through Queen Charlotte Sound. Queen of Chilliwack would first start from Port Hardy and begin her journey up to the small First Nations communities of Namu, Bella Bella, Shearwater, Ocean Falls, and Bella Coola. In the winter prior to 2009, Queen of Chilliwack maintained the Earls Cove - Saltery Bay route. While the MV Northern Expedition handles the Port Hardy to Prince Rupert route. As of 2009 she has been replaced by the MV Island Sky on the Earls Cove - Saltery Bay route.

In 2015 "Queen of Chilliwack" was sold to Goundar Shipping of Fiji reportedly for $1.8 million.[1]

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Queen of Chilliwack plies route 40 in summer