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The '''Powell River class''' is a series of three vessels owned and operated by [[BC Ferries]]. All vessels were built by the Victoria Machinery Depot.  These three vessels were originally built with snack bars, however they were eventually removed from the '''Powell River Queen''' and '''Mayne Queen'''. Bowen Queen retained its snack bar for use on longer routes (such as [[BC Ferries route 9 Southern Gulf Islands - Tsawwassen|9A]]), but depending on its assignment, it may not be staffed.
==Powell River Queen==
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|'''Route(s) served'''
|[[BC Ferries route 23Campbell River - Quadra Island|23]]
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'''Powell River Queen''' was the first Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.<ref>[http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-experiences/fleet/profile-powell_river_queen.html Powell River Queen], BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref>
Upon entering service, Powell River Queen operated on its namesake route [[BC Ferries route 7 (Saltery Bay - Earls Cove)|7]], replacing [[BC Ferries Jervis Queen|Jervis Queen]]. In 1973, the vessel underwent modifications to increase overheight vehicle capacity, by removing the two "saddle" passenger lounges overtop of the side lanes. The main passenger lounge was also raised and expanded at this time. Powell River Queen underwent more modifications in 1979, being lengthened by 22 metres to increase vehicle capacity from 50 to 70 cars, and having its engines replaced.<ref>[http://www.westcoastferries.ca/ferries/bcferries/powellriverqueen.html M.V. Powell River Queen], www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref>
In 1991, [[BC Ferries I-Class|Queen of Capilano]] entered service on route 7. This displaced Powell River Queen, which was then assigned to route [[BC Ferries route 23 (Campbell River - Quadra Island)|23]], replacing [[BC Ferries T-Class|Quadra Queen II]] and [[BC Ferries T-Class|Tachek]].
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|'''Route(s) served'''
|[[BC Ferries route 5Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands|5]]
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'''Mayne Queen''' was the second Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.<ref>[http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-experiences/fleet/profile-mayne_queen.html Mayne Queen], BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref>
Mayne Queen was assigned to route [[BC Ferries route 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands)|5]], replacing [[BC Ferries Cy Peck|Cy Peck]]. In anticipation of serving the numerous small islands along this route, it was equipped with side ramps, enabling it to load/unload at a pier, at Gulf Islands that did not yet have a regular terminal ramp. In 1979, the vessel was lengthened to increase vehicle capacity from 50 to 70 cars. At this time, it had new engines installed, and the side ramps were removed.<ref>[http://www.westcoastferries.ca/ferries/bcferries/maynequeen.html M.V. Mayne Queen], www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref>
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|'''Route(s) served'''
|[[BC Ferries route 6 Crofton - Vesuvius|6]] (peak season)<br>[[BC Ferries route 4 Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour|4]], [[BC Ferries route 5 Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands|5]], [[BC Ferries route 6 Crofton - Vesuvius|6]], [[BC Ferries route 7 Saltery Bay - Earls Cove|7]], [[BC Ferries route 8 Horseshoe Bay - Snug Cove|8]], [[BC Ferries route 19 Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island|19]], [[BC Ferries route 23 Campbell River - Quadra Island|23 ]] (replacement)
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'''Bowen Queen''' was the third and final Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.<ref>[http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-experiences/fleet/profile-bowen_queen.html Bowen Queen], BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref>
[[BC Ferries Powell River Class|Bowen Queen]] is only one in her class to retrain her snack bar which is used on select routes. Upon entering service, Bowen Queen was assigned to its namesake route [[BC Ferries route 8 (Horseshoe Bay - Snug Cove)|8]]. It replaced the previous Bowen Queen on route 8, which was renamed [[BC Ferries Vesuvius Queen|Vesuvius Queen]] and transferred to route [[BC Ferries route 6 Crofton - Vesuvius|6]] in order to replace [[BC Ferries George S Pearson|George S. Pearson]].<ref>[http://www.westcoastferries.ca/ferries/bcferries/bowenqueen.html M.V. Bowen Queen], www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-21-2017.</ref> In 1971, the [[BC Ferries Howe Sound Queen|Howe Sound Queen]] replaced Bowen Queen on route 8, at which time it shifted to operating on routes [[BC Ferries route 4 (Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour) |4]] and [[BC Ferries route 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands)|5]], replacing [[BC Ferries Pender Queen|Pender Queen]]. In 1979, the vessel was lengthened to increase vehicle capacity from 50 to 70 cars, and was refitted with new engines.
After [[BC Ferries Century Class|Skeena Queen]] entered service in 1997, Bowen Queen began operating during the summer as a second vessel on route 9A (Tsawwassen - [[BC Ferries route 9 Southern Gulf Islands)- Tsawwassen|9A]]. During the rest of the year, it functions as a relief vessel for many minor and intermediate size ships, and can be found on a variety of routes. After the [[BC Ferries Salish Class|Salish class]] entered service in 2017, Bowen Queen became a full-time relief vessel. Among other relief duties, it was assigned to route [[BC Ferries route 25 (Port McNeill McNiell - Alert Bay - Sointula) |25]] during the summer of 2018 and 2019 to provide additional capacity over the regular vessel, [[BC Ferries T-Class|Quadra Queen II]]. On March 30, 2020, Bowen Queen was reassigned and to route 6 (Crofton - Vesuvius)during the spring and summer of 2020 and 2021, replacing [[BC Ferries Quinitsa|Quinitsa]]; this assignment is expected to last until October, when Bowen Queen will resume its regular relief vessel dutiesin the same capacity.
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