|Photographer:||Mr. DOT [View profile]||Title:||Queen of Saanich||Added:||Mar 15, 2013|
|Captured:||January 15, 1985||IMO:||5408142||Hits:||1,196|
|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