The Queen of Alberni was also constructed in 1976 along with the first two C-class vessels. Although this ferry is considered to be a C-Class vessel, it is significantly different in layout. It was originally designed to carry only overheight (truck) traffic. In 1984, an upper car deck was installed for 150 non-overheight vehicles. This ferry has a capacity of 292 cars and 800 passengers and crew, and has a maximum service speed of 19 knots. She underwent a refit in 1999.
The Queens of Coquitlam, Cowichan, Oak Bay, and Surrey each received extensive upgrades in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 respectively. From engine work to major modifications and improvements, the vessels were refitted to provide an additional 20 years of service.
|Vessel||Launched||Length||Displacement||Car Capacity||Passengers and Crew|
|Queen of Coquitlam||1976||139.29 m (457 ft)||6,969 tons||362||1,500|
|Queen of Cowichan||1976||139.29 m (457 ft)||6,969 tons||362||1,500|
|Queen of Oak Bay||1981||139.29 m (457 ft)||6,969 tons||362||1,500|
|Queen of Surrey||1981||139.29 m (457 ft)||6,969 tons||362||1,500|
|Queen of Alberni||1976||139.29 m (457 ft)||5,863 tons||295||1,200|
On October 19, 1980, the Queen of Coquitlam tipped over and landed on her side in the Burrard Shipyards drydock during a maintenance layover, causing approximately CAD $3 million in damage. She also gained the distinction of being the only BC Ferries vessel to have issued a mayday from drydock.
In June 1989, the Queen of Alberni collided with the loading dock at Departure Bay causing significant damage to the ship and dock. 6 people were injured including a cook who suffered a fractured cheekbone as he was walking down a set of stairs.
On March 12, 1992, at 8:08 am (16:08 UTC), the Queen of Alberni collided with the Japanese freighter Shinwa Maru southwest of Tsawwassen. The collision occurred in heavy fog, with both vessels suffering minor damage. Injuries included 2 serious and 25 minor injuries for the 260 people on the ferry, while none of the 11 people aboard the freighter received injuries.
In October 1994, the Queen of Surrey crashed into the dock at Horseshoe Bay, causing $200,000 in damage.
On May 12, 2003, the Queen of Surrey was disabled as a result of an engine room fire. The Queen of Capilano was dispatched and tethered to the Queen of Surrey while tugboats were dispatched. The vessel was then towed back to shore. None of the 318 passengers were injured, but several crew members were treated for minor injuries. Some buckling of the main car deck resulted from the heat of the fire. However, no vehicles were damaged in the incident.
On July 31, 2003, the Queen of Surrey experienced a mechanical problem with one of its propellers. As a result, she was removed from service for emergency dry-docking to facilitate repairs, which took about five days.
On June 30, 2005, the Queen of Oak Bay lost power while approaching the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. After the captain gave ample warning, the ship coasted into the nearby Sewell's Marina, where it overran more than a dozen boats before running aground. No one was injured, and the ferry sustained only minor scraping to a rudder and propellor blade. See Queen of Oak Bay for extensive details on this accident.