The Queen of Chilliwack is one of the few ships in the BCFC fleet that were not built in BC. Basto 1 was Launched in January of 1978 by AS Framnaes MeK. Vaerksted of Norway. IN 1991 she was bought by BCFS and renamed the Queen of Chilliwack. She was originally placed on Route 9 (Southern Gulf Islands - Tsawwassen) and was refurbished and transferred to the new route 40 (Discovery Coast) where she has been running during the summers ever since and transferring to Route 7 (Earls Cove - Saltery Bay) during the Winter. She has become one of the most hated vessels in the fleet and deserves that title.
When you are riding the Chilliwack it feels like a small earthquake. This is in part due to her sturdy Hull. The Chilliwack Is a class 1 Ice breaker, and her RAD's don't allow for good vibration control. This combination makes her hull almost three times thicker than any other vessel and the ship almost twice the weight of the Queen of Tsawwassen witch is only 39' shorter. The Chilliwack has had one accident in the last years, in august of 2007 she had a power failure and bumped the dock at 2 knots causing two people to be injured.
QUEEN OF CHILLIWACK DATA
Ordered - January 1977
(a) Basto 1 - Norway
Ship type - Passenger &
Maximum vehicle height -
4.40 meters (14'5")
Strengthened for light ice navigation
Builder - AS Framnaes MeK.
Information Listed above from TC