The Queen of the North underway

The Queen of the North was a roro ferry that ran an 18 hour route between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay. She was owned by BC Ferries. She was launched in February 1969 as the Stena Danica for Stena Line until 1980 when she was bought by BC Ferries. On the 22 March 2006, en route to Port Hardy, the ferry sailed off course and collided with Gil Island, 135km south of Prince Rupert. At 12:25am, she sank. All 101 passengers were brought to safety, apart from two passengers who were never found and presumed dead. According to emergency teams, she took about an hour to sink, which ensured that the passengers could be rescued before the ship sank. Her final position is approximately 53 degrees north, 129 degrees west. In 2006, BC Ferries completed their internal investigation.