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How a once busy ferry became a floating restaurant in North Vancouver

For over 40 years, the boat welcomed diners on the waters at the foot of Lonsdale
Image: Postcard, ca. 1977. North Vancouver Museum & Archives, # 15806

The Seven Seas Restaurant, with its distinctive neon signage, was a popular destination for North Shore residents and visitors alike.

Moored at the foot of Lonsdale for more than 40 years, the former Ferry No. 5 was converted into a restaurant by Diamond Almas in 1959.

Built in 1941, the ship was the last of five ferries used to carry passengers and vehicles across Burrard Inlet. Ferry No. 5 operated until discontinuation of the ferry service in 1958. The restaurant shut in January 2001 and in 2002 the old No. 5 Ferry was removed and broken apart for scrap.

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