the Maenaka is a former ferry of the Canadian shipping company BC Ferries.
The ship was built in 1964 under hull number 107 at the Victoria Machinery Depot shipyard in Victoria. It was approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways as a Comox Queen put into service. From March 1965, the ferry operated across the Strait of Georgia on the route between Powell River and Little River on Vancouver Island. After just a few years, the capacity of the ferry was too small for the demand in the summer half-year, so that it was of the Queen of the Islands had to be supported by BC Ferries. In 1976 it was finally built on the route from the 1947 Sechelt Queen which the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways had taken over from BC Ferries.
In 1977 the ferry was opened in Maenaka renamed (after a river in British Columbia). From 1979 it operated between Port McNeill on Vancouver Island and Sointula on Malcolm Island and Alert Bay on Cormorant Island and replaced the here Nimpkish.
In 1985 BC Ferries took over the ferry service from the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways Maenaka. As a result, the ferry was on the route from Port McNeill by the Quadra Queen II replaced. BC Ferries continued the Maenaka now on various routes, including from Swartz Bay in southeast Vancouver Island to the southern Gulf Islands. In 1994 she was moved to the route between Heriot Bay on Quadra Island and Whaletown on Cortes Island, where she again the Nimpkish replaced.
At the end of 2014 the ferry was decommissioned by BC Ferries and sold to Lady Rose Marine Services in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in April 2016. Lady Rose Marine Services wanted to use the ferry on Alberni Inlet and to Bamfield and Ucluelet. However, the plans did not materialize, so Lady Rose Marine Services sold the ship to Alaska in 2021.
The ship is powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines with an output of 1642 hp that act on two propellers.
The ferry has a continuous vehicle deck with three structurally separated lanes. These are built over in the middle area by the superstructures. There is a lounge with seating for the passengers above each of the two outer lanes. In the rear area there are also open deck areas equipped with seating. Above this deck is another deck with a seating area for passengers. This deck covers the middle part of the middle lane. Above is the bridge.
The usable headroom in the two side lanes is 2.13 m and in the middle lane 4.27 m. The vehicle deck is accessible via ramps on the landside. 30 cars can be carried on the vehicle deck. The passenger capacity was 244 people. Eight crew members were then required to operate the ship. In many cases, the ferry was operated with a maximum capacity of 150 people. The number of crew members required was reduced to six. As of 2013, 100 people were still allowed on board (including the crew).
Vending machines with snacks and drinks are available on board.
- Victoria Machinery Depot, Shipbuilding History. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Maenaka (Memento from January 8, 2018 in Internet Archive), West Coast Ferries.
- Quadra Queen II (Memento from March 4, 2016 in Internet Archive), West Coast Ferries.
- Michael D. Reid: Ferry sold to Lady Rose Marine for Alberni Inlet run, Times Colonist, April 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Susan Quinn: Lady Rose Marine Services buys MV Tenaka from BC Ferries, BC Local News, April 11, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Susie Quinn: Lady Rose sells old B.C. ferry, ends hopes of West Coast of Vancouver Island run, Victoria News, March 9, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Susie Quinn: Former BC ferry leaves Port Alberni for Ucluelet harbour, Port Alberni Valley News, July 10, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Coastal Ferry Services Contract Amending Agreement No. 3, June 30, 2007 (PDF, 3.7 MB). Retrieved October 11, 2021.
- Maenaka (Memento from November 3, 2011 in Internet Archive), BC Ferries.
- Maenaka (Memento from November 8, 2013 in Internet Archive), BC Ferries.