|M.V. Garibaldi II
|Joined BC Ferries
|Retired from BC Ferries
History & Notes:
- The Garibaldi II was built in 1964 for the Darrell Bay - Woodfibre route across Howe Sound. Darrell Bay is just ouside of Squamish (near Britannia Beach) and Woodfibre is a pulp mill on the other side of the sound. The ferry was primarily intended to transport workers to the mill and back. She replaced the Garibaldi and was operated by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Highways (the service was paid for by the Woodfibre mill). This was the second route to be operated by the Ministry (began in 1957) (Clapp 1981, 52-55).
When built, the Garibaldi II could carry 16 cars, however in 1975, car capacity was reduced to increase the number of passengers she could carry as this was her main purpose (Clapp 1981, 55).
- In 1984, operation of the Woodfibre route was transferred to the pulp mill which chartered the Garibaldi II from the Ministry. (Clapp 1991, 66)
- On October 6, 1985, the Ministry of Transportation and Highways Coastal Marine fleet and routes were transferred to B.C. Ferries. This sale included 14 ferries one of which was the Garibaldi II.
- Although Garibaldi II appeared on the BC Ferries fleet list between 1986 and the early-mid 1990's, from all the information I can gather, she was never directly operated by B.C. Ferries and has continued to be chartered for the Woodfibre run to the present. The ferry is still registered under B.C. Ferries ownership (2003), however she is operated by Harbour Ferries (BC Ministry of Transportation - Marine Options - Greater Vancouver to Squamish - Feasibility Study - December 28, 2001 - PDF file, pg. 31-2).
- I have heard from several people that if you arrive at the right time, you can get a free ride on the Garibaldi II to Woodfibre. Usually, they do a quick return, but sometimes they stay at the Woodfibre side for a short period of time. The ferry operates from Darrell Bay, a few kilometers south of Squamish, along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
Origin of the Names:
- Garibaldi II - Garibaldi is the name of a mountain north of Squamish. A provincial park is also named after this mountain, which is located within its borders. According to the Encyclopedia of British Columbia Giuseppe Garibaldi, for whom the mountain was named, was an "Italian patriot." It was named by G.H. Richards, an officer with the Royal Navy.
What happened to the Garibaldi II?
- Although she disappeared off of the B.C. Ferries fleet list, she is still owned by the company and still operating on the Woodfibre route. The ferry is operated under contract by Harbour Ferries.
- If you have any more information, please e-mail me.
Works Cited & Sources:
Bannerman, Gary and Patricia. The Ships of British Columbia. Surrey: Hancock House Publishers, 1985.
B.C. Ministry of Transportation. Marine Options - Greater Vancouver to Squamish - Feasibility Study. 26 December 2001. Available Online: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/Sea-to-Sky_Reports/Marine_Options.pdf.
Clapp, Frank A. Lake and River Ferries. Victoria: Queen's Printer for British Columbia, 1981.
Clapp, Frank A. Lake and River Ferries. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, 1991.
Francis, Daniel, ed. Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2000.
Painting of the Garibaldi II - A beautiful painting of the Garibaldi II by Alana Harley is pictured under the Landscapes section.
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