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END OF AN ERA: Albion Ferry dry docked after 52 years service

 

After 52 years service, transporting countless passengers and vehicles safely across the Fraser River between Langley and Maple Ridge, the Albion Ferry service made its final run on Friday, July 31, 2009. The service employed 70 BCGEU members, including 58 full-time regulars and up to 20 auxilliaries.

After the final sailing, a wrap-up celebration and BBQ was held at the ferry terminal in Maple Ridge. BCGEU president Darryl Walker was on hand to pay tribute to our members' tireless service to the public, for over half a century.

 

ALBION FERRY PROFILE

Download PDF file of an Albion Ferry profile ARTICLE from the August 2009 issue of the BCGEU's Provincial magazine.

MEMBERS' STORIES

Photos and remembrances from some of the members who worked on the Albion Ferry.
(Click on MP3 audio links to listen to interviews with BCGEU members and management)

Terminal Attendants Rhonda Woolner (left) and Kaitlyn McMaster

Albion Ferry Captain Don Atkinson

Interview: Don Atkinson (MP3)

Captain John McKeigan sharing a joke in the wheelhouse on his last shift at the Albion Ferry. McKeigan has been a captain for 29 years, has served as Bargaining Chair for 9 years and has a long history as a job steward.

Albion chief engineer John Schwermer

Albion Ferry deck hands Daryl Friesen (left) and David Hunt

Albion Ferry CEO and Pres. Dave Miller

VIEW FROM THE DECK - Albion Ferry passengers and vehicles make the 10 minute trip across the Fraser River between Langley and Maple Ridge.

HIGH WATER - flooding rivers have never stopped the Albion from sailing, although it has come close a couple times, with water levels coming near the top of the dock, and almost into the parking lot.

Albion Ferry Captain Don Atkinson at the wheel of the Kulleet, on one of the final sailings across the Fraser River.

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