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'''Bowen Queen''' is 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>
 
'''Bowen Queen''' is 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>

Latest revision as of 04:42, 16 August 2019

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.

Powell River Queen

Powell River Queen
BC Ferries Powell River Queen-a.jpg
Built 1965, Victoria
Home base Quathiaski Cove
Route(s) served 23

Powell River Queen is the first Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.[1]

Upon entering service, Powell River Queen operated on its namesake route 7 (Saltery Bay - Earls Cove), replacing 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.[2]

In 1991, Queen of Capilano entered service on route 7. This displaced Powell River Queen, which was then assigned to route 23 (Campbell River - Quadra Island), replacing Quadra Queen II and Tachek.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four RADs
3,598 hp
14.5 knots 84.96 m 1,638 tonnes 59 autos 400


Mayne Queen

Mayne Queen
BC Ferries Mayne Queen-a.jpg
Built 1965, Victoria
Home base Swartz Bay
Route(s) served 5

Mayne Queen is the second Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.[3]

Mayne Queen was assigned to route 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands), replacing 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.[4]

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four RADs
3,598 hp
14.5 knots 84.96 m 1,638 tonnes 56 autos 400


Bowen Queen

Bowen Queen
BC Ferries Bowen Queen-a.jpg
Built 1965, Victoria
Home base Fulford Harbour
Route(s) served 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 23, 25 (replacement)

Bowen Queen is the third and final Powell River class vessel built for BC Ferries.[5]

Upon entering service, Bowen Queen was assigned to its namesake route 8 (Horseshoe Bay - Snug Cove). It replaced the previous Bowen Queen on route 8, which was renamed Vesuvius Queen and transferred to route 6 in order to replace George S. Pearson.[6] In 1971, the Howe Sound Queen replaced Bowen Queen on route 8, at which time it shifted to operating on routes 4 (Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour) and 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands), replacing Pender Queen. In 1979, the vessel was lengthened to increase vehicle capacity from 50 to 70 cars, and was refitted with new engines.

After Skeena Queen entered service in 1997, Bowen Queen began operating during the summer as a second vessel on route 9a (Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands). During the rest of the year, it functions a relief vessel for many minor and intermediate size ships, and can be found on a variety of routes. After the Salish class entered service in 2017, Bowen Queen became a full-time relief vessel. As relief vessel she may be found replacing her sisters, Mayne Queen on the Swartz Bay to Southern Gulf Island and Powell River Queen on Campbell River to Quadra Island. Bowen Queen may also be found replacing the Queen of Capilano on the Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay, Queen of Cumberland on the Swartz Bay to Southern Gulf Island, Quinsam on the Nanaimo Harbour to Gabriola Island, Skeena Queen on the Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour, and Island Sky on the Earls Cove to Saltery Bay and Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill to Sointula to Alert Bay.


Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four RADs
3,598 hp
14.5 knots 84.96 m 1,637 tonnes 52 autos 400


References

  1. Powell River Queen, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  2. M.V. Powell River Queen, www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  3. Mayne Queen, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  4. M.V. Mayne Queen, www.westcoastferries.com, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  5. Bowen Queen, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  6. M.V. Bowen Queen, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-21-2017.