Summer storm forces sailing cancellation

  • Sep. 7, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The summer season ended abruptly for BC Ferries, which cancelled the Monday night sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate and the Tuesday morning sailing from Skidegate to Rupert due to a storm. The cancellations affected 76 passengers who were booked on the Northern Adventure, said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. They were not able to travel until Thursday at the earliest, because the summer schedule with Wednesday sailings ended last week. The storm blew up on Monday night and was forecast to last all day Tuesday, bringing southeast winds of 40 to 50 knots and seas of three to five metres to Hecate Strait. Ms Marshall said that 35 passengers, 31 vehicles, one commercial vehicle and three oversized units were scheduled to travel to Skidegate Monday night, while 41 passengers, 26 vehicles, four commercial vehicles and four oversized units were booked on the cancelled sailing to Prince Rupert.