Queen of Chilliwack -
Esquimalt Graving Dock
Trip: Tour of the Queen of Chilliwack
at Esquimalt Graving Dock
Date: October 3rd 2007
Objective of Trip: To see the Queen of
Chilliwack for the first time
Well, earlier this week I was awarded the
privilege of visiting the Queen of Chilliwack While in Drydock in
Esquimalt. So, Wednesday afternoon Donella and myself went over to
the Esquimalt Graving Dock and were given a tour of the ship while
she was high and dry.
The trip started with me catching the 1:00pm sailing to Swartz Bay,
witch was boring. Then I picked up Donella at a Tim Horton's in
Esquimalt. We then went over to EGD where the guard couldn't find my
name and had a hard time letting me in. Eventually he let us in and
we drove over to the BCF trailer.
After meeting Paul, he took use down into the dock, where we saw her
in an awkward position, high and dry.
Paul took us over to the EGD's plaques and we took a look at those.
We then boarded the ship via an overhead walkway that lead from the
yard surface right onto deck 4 above the main passenger deck.
From there we walked through the ship and down to the car deck. Paul
took us up another stair about half way up where there is a small
hatch that allows access to the chain locker.
Then we headed through the open bow doors and then down some
scaffolding onto the drydock work surface. About half way down we
started to realize how big her hull was.
Once down there I turned around and realized just how much bigger
she is when you can see all of her.
While she is in drydock they pull out all the anchor chain to see
what condition it is in and repaint the length links.
And the anchors at the end of the chain.
There was a portie-pottie on the work surface as well.
we then started to work our way around the hull in a counter
The No. 1 end Starboard RAD.
Donella got this one and it later turned out it looks like I am
marking my territory.
Feeling her up.
I am the incredible hulk.
New anodes to be installed.
At some point this year they hit the wing wall quite hard at Saltery
Bay and smashed up the starboard stabilizing fin. So they were
They were also replacing the pressure seals between the RAD and the
Some of the Propellers had been removed.
These are skewed blades, she has one set of these.
And these are cupped blades, shes had 4 sets of these.
Working our way around.
Opening to a sea chest.
After looking around below the hull we went looking around below
decks in the machinery space, Paul showed us around. I didn't take
many pictures as I had already seen most of this before.
He then asked if we would like to meet the new chief engineer. So we
walked into the control room and it turns out that it was harry from
the Queen of Tsawwassen. So we ended up down there for almost an
hour chatting and I showed them the videos of my model RADs and they
were very impressed.
We then made our way all the way to the top to the top of the
funnel. You have to go outside to get to it and climb up a bunch of
ladders. It isn't as easy as the Spaulding ships.
She has Airchime Horns
We then made our way down and up to the parking lot.
Donella took more pictures than me.
Turned out to be a great trip, and they were doing quite a bit of
work to her. They were superchlorinating the freshwater tanks, they
completely sandblasted the hull and are refinishing it with epoxy
paints and anti fowling paint, they are repainting the bilges,
adding a new structure to the bow and stern so she can dock in
European berths and touching up her paint all over.
It was very nice too meet a bunch of the guys from Deas and the
engineering crew. Thanks a lot guys for a memorable afternoon.