This BC Ferries vessel could be yours for a mere $6,000 or so


Behold, the Queen of Burnaby. This 52-year-old vessel that was part of the BC Ferries fleet is up for auction, and the current high bid stands at $6,000.

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David Stanley/Flickr

The Queen of Burnaby was taken out of service on May 16, 2017. One of two “Burnaby-class” vessels (sibling to the Queen of Nanaimo), the Queen of Burnaby has had three different owners and three different names in its lifetime, according to West Coast Ferries.

The tenth ferry built for BC Ferries, the Queen of Burnaby began its service making runs between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay. Just a few years after its launch, the vessel had platform decks installed on her vehicle decks, and in 1972 she was cut in half in order to extend capacity. That’s when other amenities were added on, too.

In 1994, the QoB was sold to the Victorian Line and re-named the Royal Victorian. Soon after, she was leased to the Clipper Navigation and re-named Princess Marguerite III, still working between Vancouver and Victoria. (Unrelated: Clipper is planning to bring back passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Victoria in March 2018.)

Still following? This gal has been around, right? In 2000, BC Ferries bought her back, and since 2001, the Queen of Burnaby had her old name and new route, working between Powell River and Comox.

But the QoB is being replaced, and she’s been “layed up” at a maintenance facility in Richmond.

The QoB is not fit for sailing–and “can only be considered for recycling / scrap or in a static application,” according to the auction site. The winning bidder will have to obtain a towing certificate, haul the QoB out of Richmond, and if they aren’t going to use her for a “static application” they’ll have to prove they are pursuing an eco-friendly method of breaking up the boat.

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In action, January 2017 (KC Flickr)

Oh, and a few other issues:

1. Vessel had experienced periodic leakage of hydraulic oil from controllable pitch propeller hub.
2. Vessel has hazardous materials from new build and operations that must be managed in accordance with environmental regulations, known materials include: asbestos, diesel fuel, petroleum based lubricants, wiring and insulation products, paints, refrigerants, and other chemicals for proper operation.

PS: “Two (2) of the Three (3) generators have been removed for other fleet requirements.”

So basically, the Queen of Burnaby is available as-is. But for around $6000, and with some creativity, someone could feasibly do something interesting with this retired BC Ferries boat.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom