BC Ferries B-Class

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The Burnaby class is a pair of vessels owned and operated by BC Ferries.

They were built between 1964 and 1965 as part of the Victoria class, which contained 7 vessels. These vessels were ordered to accommodate fast-growing ridership on the route between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, and to expand service on the newly acquired route between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay from Black Ball Ferry Line. All vessels in the Victoria class were modified to increase capacity, first with the addition of platform decks to carry approximately 40 more underheight vehicles, then a 25 m section was added between 1969 and 1972 to lengthen the vessels. The passenger areas were also reconfigured at this time. Four vessels (Queen of Victoria, Queen of Vancouver, Queen of Esquimalt, and Queen of Saanich) had a full upper vehicle deck added in 1981-1982; the remaining 3 vessels were reclassed into the new Burnaby class. Queen of New Westminster also had an upper vehicle deck added and engines upgraded in 1991, resulting in it being removed from the Burnaby class.

The two remaining vessels in the Burnaby class were retired in 2017, and were replaced by the new Salish class of vessels.

Queen of Nanaimo

Queen of Nanaimo
Queen of Nanaimo-a.jpg
Built 1964, Victoria
Status Decommissioned
September 12, 2017
Home base Long Harbour
Route(s) served 9

Queen of Nanaimo was the 5th Victoria class vessel built for BC Ferries.[1]

Upon entering service in 1964, Queen of Nanaimo was based out of Horseshoe Bay, and assigned to route 2 (Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay). Initially it served as one of the primary vessels on the route (alongside the Queen of Burnaby and Queen of New Westminster).[2] When the first Cowichan class vessels entered service in 1976, Queen of Nanaimo was shifted to a secondary/backup vessel on route 2. It was reassigned to route 9 (Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands) in 1986, replacing Queen of Sidney. She was the last to undergo length project in 1974.

After experiencing mechanical issues, Queen of Nanaimo was removed from service on July 27, 2017, with Salish Raven entering into service on August 3, 2017. It was sold to Groundar Shipping of Fiji, being renamed to M.V. Lomaiviti Princess V.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Two Mirrlees
6000 hp
16.5 knots 129.97 m 4,542 tonnes 192 autos 1,004


Queen of New Westminster

Queen of New Westminster was the 6th Victoria class vessel built for BC Ferries.

It was one of three Victoria class vessels not to be lifted to receive an upper car deck in 1981-1982, and as such was reclassified as a Burnaby class vessel. In 1991, after a major engine failure, and also to help start route 30 (Tsawwassen - Duke Point) it was designated to undergo a major rebuild, which involved lifting the vessel to receive an upper car deck, and received new, more powerful engines. Because of these modifications, it was removed from the Burnaby class.

For further details on the history of this vessel, see the Queen of New Westminster page.


Queen of Burnaby

Queen of Burnaby
BC Ferries Queen of Burnaby-a.jpg
Built 1965, Victoria
Status Decommissioned
May 15, 2017
Home base Little River
Route(s) served 17

Queen of Burnaby was the 7th and final Victoria class vessel built for BC Ferries.[3]

Upon entering service in 1965, Queen of Burnaby was based out of Departure Bay, and assigned to route 2 (Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay). Initially it served as one of the primary vessels on the route (alongside the Queen of Nanaimo and Queen of New Westminster).[2] When the first Cowichan class vessels entered service in 1976, Queen of Burnaby was reduced to supplemental Friday/Sunday sailings, still out of Departure Bay, and it shifted to summer-only service on routes 2 and 3 after 1981. She underwent length project in 1972.

In 1994, Queen of Burnaby was transferred to the government-owned Victoria Line for service between Victoria and Seattle. It received a refurbishment and passenger upgrades, and was renamed as Royal Victorian. It was leased in 1997 to the private company Clipper Navigation, continuing to operate on the same route, but now named Princess Marguerite III. After Clipper Navigation operations folded, the vessel was returned to BC Ferries in 2000, and resumed using its original Queen of Burnaby name.[4]

With the return to BC Ferries, Queen of Burnaby was assigned to route 17 (Comox - Powell River), replacing the retiring Queen of Sidney. Queen of Burnaby was retired on May 16, 2017, being replaced on its run by Salish Orca.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Two Mirrlees
6000 hp
16.5 knots 129.97 m 4,556 tonnes 192 autos 904


References

  1. Queen of Nanaimo, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-14-2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Route 2 1970's timeline, West Coast Ferries Forum, retrieved 01-14-2017.
  3. Queen of Burnaby, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-14-2017.
  4. M.V. Queen of Burnaby, www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 01-14-2017.