B.C. Ferries denies vessel rumours

by Edythe Hanen

(The Bowen Island Undercurrent, February 28th 1992, p1: with permission)

B.C. Ferries isn't talking. Amid rumours that Bowen Island's new ferry is to be the 300 passenger, 95 vehicle-capacity Queen of Capilano, spokespeople for B.C. Ferries are maintaining the position that a decision has not yet been made.

Public relations manager Bill Bouchard confirmed this week that the rumour was "solid" but by the next day, spokespeople for the ferry corporation were backing away from the issue, stating only that they were still working on a service plan for the upcoming season.

Meanwhile, Bowen Island Transportation Committee chairman Doug Sinkinson spoke on the same day to Captain Tom Whelan, who said that capacity problems on the Gulf Islands service had necessitated a change in plans and that Bowen Island would be receiving either the Mayne Queen or the Bowen Queen by the end of March or early April.

The committee had been told earlier that the Queen of Capilano would definitely be coming to Bowen Island. Said Sinkinson: "Now we're all the way back to square one."

B.C. Ferries has said that a news release regarding the situation could be expected very soon.

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