BC Ferries Queen of the North

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The Queen of the North class contained a single vessel owned and operated by BC Ferries. It was part of BC Ferries' northern fleet.

Queen of the North

Queen of the North
Built 1969, Germany
Home base Prince Rupert, Port Hardy
Route(s) served 10, 11

Queen of the North was one of the major vessels in BC Ferries' northern fleet.

Originally built for Stena Line as Stena Danica, it operated between Stockholm, Sweeden and Copenhagen, Denmark. When BC Ferries required more vessels due to a shortage of both vessels and capacity, it purchased Stena Danica in 1974. It was renamed to Queen of Surrey and placed in service on route 2 (Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay). Due to the design of its bow causing long loading delays, it was quickly deemed inadequate for the short routes operated by BC Ferries, and it was withdrawn in 1976 after arrival of Queen of Coquitlam and Queen of Cowichan.

In 1980, after sitting inactive for 4 years, it was decided to convert Queen of Surrey to become a new northern vessel. Renamed to Queen of the North, it began service on the Inside Passage route 10 (Port Hardy - Prince Rupert) on May 19, 1980. During the summer, Queen of the North would operate on route 10 with Queen of Prince Rupert operating on route 11 (Prince Rupert - Skidegate), and during refits for BC Ferries Queen of Prince Rupert the Queen of the North would handle most sailings on both northern routes. As the flagship of the fleet, Queen of the North also ran many special sailings on other routes for important dignitaries and other events.[1]

On March 22, 2006, Queen of the North collided with Gil Island after midnight while sailing south on route 10, and sank one and a half hours later. 99 of the 101 passengers and crew were safely rescued, but the bodies of 2 missing passengers were never found. This was the worst accident in BC Ferries' 46 year history. Queen of Prince Rupert, which was in drydock receiving its annual refit, was quickly returned to service in place of Queen of the North. Northern Adventure was purchased in October 2006 to officially replace Queen of the North, entering service on March 31, 2007.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Two MAN V40/54
15,600 hp
20 knots 125 m 8,806 tonnes 115 autos 700


  1. M.V. Queen of the North, www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 02-20-2017.