August 16th, 2017 — Tugboat towing a small barge loaded with a large truck probably from Gambier Island to Gibsons. This is how you move things to and from the islands not served by BC Ferries.
Ships and boats
August 2nd, 1980 — Ocean Bounty, an offshore oil drilling platform being towed to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island where where it was left anchored while undergoing an overhaul.
January 8th, 1975 — In the 1970’s new cars and trucks imported from Japan arrived in the hold of freighters and were lifted onto the dock one at a time using a crane. Today they arrive in specially build ships owned by the car companies and are driven off much like they would from a BC ferry. These pictures of Datsun pickup trucks being unloaded from the freighter Corina were taken at CPR’s Pier B in Vancouver, since replaced by the Canada Place cruise ship terminal.
July 31st, 2017 — An out of order elevator on the new BC Ferry, Salish Eagle. I kind of assumed this was just one of those typical glitches that new ships have when first put into service. There is now a reliable report, however, from a one time main stream journalist that on August 1st this ship hadn’t one single functioning elevator and that seniors with week knees were unable to climb the steep stairs to the lounge and had to stay on the car deck. Another ferry fiasco on the horizon?
This picture was posted as a single a number of years ago and is re-posted today so it will link to the rest of the pictures I shot that day which are HERE. April 2nd, 1975 — A group of beachcombers remove a log from English Bay Beach. The log, one of hundreds, separated from a boom during a storm the previous night. What’s interesting about this picture is that the beachcombers, normally an independent and cut throat lot, are co-operating with each other. Possibly it was the number of logs that came ashore that morning and they felt there was plenty to share. The boat Gale Winds was and is still owned by Bob Lamont. He can be seen on the deck of the boat with his wife Ruth.
Circa 1975 — The BC Ferry Queen of Surrey which was later renamed Queen of the North leaving Horseshoe Bay for Nanaimo. The ship sank in March 2006 after hitting Gil Island in the middle of the night.
May 20th, 2017 — Fishermen right on the edge of the tide change at the west end of Active Pass.
May 20th, 2017 — Foot passengers disembarking from the car deck of the Queen of Nanaimo at Long Harbour on the first day of a Salt Spring Island long weekend.
September 25th, 1973 — People on Prospect Point watch the freighter Erawan being towed into Vancouver harbour after it was rammed by the freighter Sun Diamond on a clear night off Spanish Banks at three in the morning. The heavy oil that leaked from the ship’s ruptured fuel tank covered the West Vancouver shoreline from Ambleside Beach to Point Atkinson.
February 16th, 1980 — The Tarter Khan having its bottom scrubbed in Eagle Harbour, West Vancouver.