Queen of Nanaimo

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Scott Arkell
Nigel Davis

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Victoria, BC
IMO 6404375 Official Number 320068
Call Sign VCNX

Keel Laid: 24 May 1963 Launched: 03 Dec 1963 In Service: 05 Jun 1964
Last Sailing: 2017 Retired: 2017 Sold: 2017
Built: Victoria Machinery Depot Location: Victoria Cost: $3,500,000
Length: 129.97 Breadth: 23.96 Depth: 4.07 Weight: 4938.75

Major Modifications:
– platform decks installed to increase vehicle capacity, 1968
– 25 meter stretch for additional vehicle and passenger capacity, 1974
– Life extension refit, 2005

Passenger License:  A – 973 / 27, B – 750 / 22, C – 584 / 20, D 450 / 19, E – 0 / 11
AEQ Capacity: 192 Platforms: Gallery Decks
Passenger Services: Coastal Café, Vending, Telephones, Video Zone, KidZone
Passages/Gift Shop: Yes
West Coast Interior: Yes (2005)
Engine Type: Mirrlees KVSSM Horsepower: 6000
Routes Used:
Route 2 – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)-Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) (1964-1976+?)
Route 3 –
Route 9 – Southern Gulf Islands (Salt Spring to Galiano, Mayne, Pender)-Tsawwassen (Victoria) (1986-Current)

Incidents of Note:

  • 15 Oct 2001, there is an anthrax scare aboard the vessel cancelling the day’s sailings.
  • 3 Aug 2010, suffers a hard landing at Village Bay causing minor injuries and damage to the vessel.

Notes of Interest:

  • The vessel is fitted with two bow thrusters on each side to allow greatest control on the Southern Gulf Islands route. The Queen of Burnaby, the vessel’s sister ship is only fitted with one on each side.
  • The vessel was the first to wear the new “private” BC Ferries blue and wave paint scheme and was shown off to the media days after the company’s creation.
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