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Photographer:Mr. DOT [View profile]Title:Queen of SaanichAdded:Mar 15, 2013
Captured:January 15, 1985IMO:5408142Hits:1,196
Photo Category: Ferries
BC Ferries' Queen of Saanich in Active Pass, Gulf Islands, between Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 15 January 1985 [photo WCK-JST]

This vessel had her vehicle and passenger capacity increased three times during her years of operation between 1963 and 2008. First, in the mid 1960's, they increased car capacity by adding a 'platform' car deck. Later, in the early 1970's they lengthened the ship adding vehicle & passenger capacity. In 1982 they 'raised' her, added an entire new upper car deck accommodating an additional ~150 vehicles. This photo show 'the Saanich' as lengthened & raised and in her original 'pastel blue' livery. She, along with 3 nearly identical 'V-class' sisters, were for many years the principle ships on BC Ferries busiest & most important route, Swartz Bay, on Vancouver Island, to Tsawwassen, on the mainland (the shortest route between Vancouver & Victoria).

During 2012 'the Saanich' was towed to Mexico and scrapped. She and most of her sisters are now history.

photo by my brother Jim, Wett Coast on Flickr
Vessel Identification
Name:Queen Of Saanich
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro/passenger Ship
Gross tonnage:9,302 tons
Summer DWT:1,593 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1963
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (5)

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Dennis J. Dubinsky on Nov 20, 2014 23:08 (4 years ago)
Nice shot Mr Dot.
jadran on Apr 05, 2013 05:04 (6 years ago)
Marvelous photo Mr.DOT ... I very much like the early morning mist!
BTW I believe that You and me must be almost the same age; I was 1 voyage on m/v Bratstvo as a *School boy on practice* in 1965.
Kind regards/Jadran
Dennis J. Dubinsky on Apr 05, 2013 01:32 (6 years ago)
Beautiful shot
Mr. DOT on Mar 16, 2013 00:32 (6 years ago)
that was taken in Active Pass, and the big international traffic transit by Boundary Pass, however local ferry trips will take you thru here! I worked as a seaman on this vessel in the 1960's. mrdot.
Finn Tornquist on Mar 15, 2013 13:04 (6 years ago)
Beautiful moody shot! We'll be in that neighborhood in June on board the OOSTERDAM. Thanks for the posting.
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