Good-bye to a queen

  • Apr. 16, 2009 6:00 a.m.

It will be the end of an era when Queen of Prince Rupert leaves Skidegate Landing for its last time tonight, but anyone wanting to say good-bye can do so at a casual ceremony aboard the vessel at 9:30 pm. The vessel will be decommissioned in Prince Rupert on Monday, but Queen Charlotte council thought a ceremony here was needed, and so set one up. QPR arrives in Skidegate at 9:00 tonight (Thursday) and those wanting to say good-bye can board at 9:30. The ceremony will take a half hour or forty-five minutes, and include jug band and bagpipe music. As well, it is possible the Skidegate Haida Dancers will perform as well. QPR was built in Victoria in 1966 and began serving the islands in 1980. She will be replaced by Northern Adventure starting next week and Northern Expedition next winter. The brand-new ferry, Northern Expedition, will be back in Skidegate on Sunday May 3 for an open house from 2 to 5 pm. That vessel was recently here to test the new dock.