BC Ferries Sechelt Queen

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Sechelt Queen was a single unclassed vessel owned and operated by BC Ferries. It was built in 1947 for Puget Sound Navigation Company.

Sechelt Queen

Sechelt Queen
Built 1947, Seattle
Home base Little River
Route(s) served 17

Sechelt Queen was the only vessel in its class.

Originally built for the Puget Sound Navigation Company as Chinook, it operated on the Seattle - Port Angeles - Victoria night run. It was equipped with 100 staterooms, and luxurious interior fittings including a formal dining lounge, and could handle 100 vehicles.[1] In 1951, the vessel was one of five transferred to Puget Sound's Canadian subsidiary, Black Ball Line, after the American operations were taken over by the State of Washington. In 1954, Chinook received a major refit, including the ability to load vehicles through its bow, and was renamed as Chinook II, which company did not publish it officially.

BC Ferries purchased the assets of Black Ball Line in 1961, which included Chinook II. It was transferred to operate on the Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay route opposite Kahloke. In summer 1962, Chinook II and Kahloke operated for a brief period as secondary vessels on the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay route. In 1963, with the Sindey class vessels transferred to route 2, Chinook II and Kahloke were moved to route 3 (Horseshoe Bay - Langdale), replacing Bainbridge and Smokwa. Later in 1963, Chinook II was renamed to Sechelt Queen to follow BC Ferries' new naming policy. Sechelt Queen may have been transferred in the late 1960s to operate as a summer vessel on route 9 (Tsawwassen - Gulf Islands) after the arrival of Sunshine Coast Queen.

Sechelt Queen was retired from BC Ferries service in 1976, replaced by the new Cowichan-class vessels. It was transferred to the BC Ministry of Highways and Transportation, who operated it as the year-round vessel on the Comox - Powell River route, replacing Comox Queen and Queen of the Islands. The Ministry operated Sechelt Queen until 1982, when it was replaced by Princess of Vancouver.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
6,000 hp 87.63 m 4,979 tonnes 83 autos 670


References

  1. Retired BC Ferry - Sechelt Queen, J. Hammersmark, retrieved 02-22-2017.