Letter: Fintry should be kept to create future fond memories

…with good care and a little vision, the Fintry Queen could indeed be an asset in our community.

To the editor:

I am amongst those who would support preserving the Fintry Queen and promoting its use within the community.

I agree with Janice Henry who wrote: “In heritage it is the community who determine if something has value.” (Capital News, February 3, 2016)

As I walked down Knox Mountain the other day and saw it floating in the bay, I felt inspired to write my first ever letter to the editor. My father’s family were pioneers in Peachland. As a family, we have a long memory of watching both the paddle wheelers and the ferries travel the lake.

Because of this history, on a lovely and warm July evening in the 1980s we celebrated my parent’s 45th wedding anniversary aboard the Fintry Queen. My parents, along with my husband, our two children and I dined and danced in the salon as the majestic boat cruised the lake.

It is a very fond memory and proof that with good care and a little vision, the Fintry Queen could indeed be an asset in our community.

Again, I agree with Henry, the Fintry Queen’s value does not diminish because it was converted from a car ferry. In fact, it could serve as a lasting representative of the paddle wheelers of the past.

I am in strong support for saving it.

Sherrie (Miller) Webster, Kelowna


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