|Place Built||Victoria, B.C.||Vehicle Capacity||70|
|Builder||Victoria Machinery Depot Co.||Passenger Capacity||393 (+ 7 crew)|
|Date Launched||November 15, 1965||Length||84.96 m|
|Joined BC Ferries||1965||Breadth||18.7 m|
|Est. Retirement Year*||2014/2015||Gross Tons||1,475.68|
|Onboard Services*||Snack Bar||Horsepower||3,560|
|* From BC Ferries Coastal Ferry
Services Contract (2003)
|Service Speed||14 knots|
- The Bowen Queen is often used as a replacement vessel on different Southern Gulf Islands including Bowen Island and Gabriola Island. Recently, she has also been used as the extra vessel between Tsawwassen and the Southern Gulf Islands during peak-summer traffic periods.
- The Bowen Queen is a sister ship to the Mayne Queen and the Powell River Queen.
- The first B.C. Ferry named Bowen Queen was renamed Vesuvius Queen.
|1979||Stretched to 70-car capacity and new engines installed.|
Origin of the Name:
- Bowen Queen - Named after Bowen Island, a populated island at the entrance of Howe Sound, just offshore of West Vancouver. The island is named after James Bowen, an officer with the British navy. ("Bowen Island" - Encyclopedia of British Columbia)
Works Cited & Sources of Information:
Bannerman, Gary and Patricia. The Ships of British Columbia. Surrey: Hancock House Publishers, 1985.
Francis, Daniel, ed. Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2000.
Griffiths, Garth, and H.L. Cadieux. Dogwood Fleet. Nanaimo: Cadieux and Griffiths, 1967.
Bowen Queen - by Kevin Stapleton - Three nice photos of the Bowen Queen.
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This page was last updated on September 23, 2003.