M/V Bowen Queen

The M/V Bowen Queen is one of three Powell River Class ferries built to operate on the new minor routes acquired by BC Ferries in the early 1960’s. The Bowen Queen, Mayne Queen and the Powell River Queen were built for approximately 1 million dollars each in 1965.

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M/V Bowen Queen at the BC Ferries Fulford Harbour terminal on Salt Spring

  • Built: 1965, Victoria Machinery Depot Co. Victoria BC
  • Launched: November 15, 1965
  • Car Capacity: 50
  • Overall Length: 55.69m
  • Gross Tons: 1,124.61
  • Horsepower: 1,650
  • Maximum Speed: 13 knots

    In 1979, the Bowen Queen along with her sisters were refitted, stretched by 30 metres and re-engined at a cost of 3 million each.

  • Overall Length: 84.96 m
  • Breadth: 18.7 m
  • Gross Tons: 1,475.68
  • Dead Weight: 515 tons
  • Draught: 3.3 m
  • Maximum Displacement: 1637 tonnes
  • Car Capacity: 70
  • Passenger & Crew Capacity: 400
  • 4 Caterpillar diesel engines, 900 BHP each,
  • 4 azimuth turning right angle drive propellers
  • Maximum Speed: 14.5 knots

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