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BC FERRIES: Ready for retirement

Canada’s BC Ferries is planning to retire another two of its older ferries, the 1960s-built Queen of Nanaimo and Queen of Burnaby, which are considered to be too old for updating with new dual-fuel burning engines. Designed by Phillip Spaulding, the ships were upgraded versions of the ferry company’s earlier Queen of Sidney and Queen of Tsawwassen, and both have undergone major refits and reconstruction during their lifetimes. BC Ferries is also considering retiring the smaller 49-car capacity North Island Princess, built in 1958.

Last year the Canadian ferry company’s Queen of Vancouver and Queen of Saanich were sold to interests in Ensenada, Mexico and will most likely be scrapped there. The former was built in 1962 by the Burrard Dry Dock Company at Vancouver, while the latter was a product of the Victoria Machinery Depot in Victoria, BC. JS

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