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BC Ferries Quinitsa

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'''Quinitsa''' is the only vessel in the Quinitsa class.<ref>[http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-experiences/fleet/profile-quinitsa.html Quinitsa], BC Ferries, retrieved 01-22-2017.</ref>
The 50-car Quinitsa was originally built for the Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island route, as demand had grown past the capacity of the 30-car [[BC Ferries K-Class|Kahloke]]. Demand continued to grow, and Quinitsa also became under capacity; it was replaced in 1982 by the newly built [[BC Ferries Quinsam|Quinsam]]. After its replacement, Quinitsa was loaned to BC Ferries and operated on a number of routes, including routes [[BC Ferries route 4 (Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour)|4]], [[BC Ferries route 8 (Horseshoe Bay - Snug Harbour)Cove|8]], and as a summer vessel on route [[BC Ferries route 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands)|5]].<ref>[http://www.westcoastferries.ca/ferries/bcferries/quinitsa.html M.V. Quinitsa], www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-22-2017.</ref>
After returning from BC Ferries in late 1983, Quinitsa was assigned to the Buckley Bay - Denman Island route, again replacing Kahloke. Quinitsa returned to the BC Ferries fleet in 1985 when all Ministry of Transportation saltwater operations were transferred to BC Ferries, but continued operating on the same route ([[BC Ferries route 21 (Buckley Bay - Denman IslandWest|21]]). In 2008, Quinitsa went through a midlife refit, receiving refurbished passenger accommodations, new engines, and an upgraded bridge. Quinitsa was replaced on route 21 in January 2016 by the cable ferry [[BC Ferries Baynes Sound Connector|Baynes Sound Connector]]. This shifted Quinitsa to spare vessel duty, replacing the retiring [[BC Ferries Tenaka|Tenaka]]. During its duty as a spare vessel, it primarily served as a refit relief on routes 21 and [[BC Ferries route 22 (Denman Island - Hornby Island)|22]]. It was also stationed in Fulford Harbour during the summer of 2018, when [[BC Ferries I-Class|Queen of Cumberland]] was taken out of service; Quinitsa's slow speed was found to be unsuitable to keep in keeping up with the Southern Gulf Island schedules, and it was only used occasionally for dangerous cargo sailings in the Southern Gulf Islands.
After the delivery of [[BC Ferries Island Class#Island Aurora|Island Aurora]] freed up [[BC Ferries T-Class#Quadra Queen II|Quadra Queen II]] to become the new minor-class spare vessel, Quinitsa was placed on moved to route [[BC Ferries route 6 (Crofton - Vesuvius) |6]] beginning on June 4, 2019 to replace the retiring [[BC Ferries Howe Sound Queen|Howe Sound Queen]]. The assignment of Quinitsa was not well received, as it has a lower vehicle capacity than the vessel it replaced. The larger [[BC Ferries Powell River Class|Bowen Queen]] was moved to placed on route 6 on during the peak seasons (from March 30, 2020 until October 1, 2020, and again from April 1, 2021 to October 11, 2021), once again relegating Quinitsa to relief spare vessel duties during peak seasonthese times.
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