BC Ferries Queen of Chilliwack
The Queen of Chilliwack class contains a single vessel owned and operated by BC Ferries.
Queen of Chilliwack
|Queen of Chilliwack|
|Home base||Bella Coola (summer)|
|Route(s) served||40 (summer)|
Queen of Chilliwack was the only vessel in its class.
Originally built as Bastø I, it operated in Oslofjorden between Moss and Horten. It was purchased in early 1991 by BC Ferries, and refitted for service on route 5 (Swartz Bay - Gulf Islands). It was quickly shifted to route 7 (Saltery Bay - Earls Cove) by 1992, to replace Queen of Capilano.
In 1996, BC Ferries launched a new service through the Discovery Coast, route 40 (Port Hardy - Bella Coola), and Queen of Chilliwack received another refit for service on this route. During the summer, Queen of Chilliwack worked on route 40, and was shifted to route 7 during the off-peak season. Queen of Tsawwassen operated on route 7 during the summer periods while Queen of Chilliwack was on route 40. After Island Sky entered service in February 2009, Queen of Chilliwack only served on route 40 during the summer, and was stored during the off-peak season.
With low ridership and high costs, route 40 was discontinued in late 2013. Queen of Chilliwack sat unused, before being sold in 2015 to Groundar Shipping of Fiji as Lomaiviti Princes III.
|Engines||Max speed||Length||Displacement||Vehicle capacity||Passenger capacity|
|5,880 hp||14 knots||114.5 m||5,618 tonnes||115 autos||389|
- M.V. Queen of Chilliwack, www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 02-19-2017.