BC Ferries Powell River Class

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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 9A), but depending on its assignment, it may not be staffed.

Powell River Queen

Powell River Queen
BC Ferries Powell River Queen-a.jpg
Built 1965, Victoria
IMO number 6515796
Status Active
Home base Quathiaski Cove
Route(s) served 23

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

Upon entering service, Powell River Queen operated on its namesake route 7, 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, 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
IMO number 6522567
Status Active
Home base Swartz Bay
Route(s) served 5

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

Mayne Queen was assigned to route 5, 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
IMO number 6600967
Status Active
Home base Fulford Harbour (off peak season)
Vesuvius Bay (peak season)
Route(s) served 6 (peak season)
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 23 (replacement)

Bowen Queen was 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. 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 and 5, 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. 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 Salish class entered service in 2017, Bowen Queen became a full-time relief vessel. Among other relief duties, it was assigned to route 25 during the summer of 2018 and 2019 to provide additional capacity over the regular vessel, Quadra Queen II, and to route 6 during the spring and summer of 2020 and 2021, replacing Quinitsa in the same capacity.

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.