LETTER: Fintry Queen a bad idea for Summerland

If we want a historic boat it should be a restored stream driven paddlewheeler like the SS Sicamous.

Dear Editor:

Regarding the proposal to move the Fintry Queen to Summerland, a bad idea.

At the risk of being labeled as a CAVE man (Citizens Against Virtually Everything,) which I am not, having this derelict vessel near Summerland will be a detraction rather than an attraction.

If it’s not economically viable to run it out of Kelowna, then it’s even less likely to be a success in Summerland.

If it comes here, then when the business fails, Summerland would be stuck with the same problem Kelowna has now.

It’s a fake paddlewheeler that as such has no historic value.

If we want a historic lake boat it should be a restored stream driven paddlewheeler like the SS Sicamous.

So far no other towns want it either and it is a blight on the lake.

It should be cut up for scrap steel or sunk for a diving playground.

In this case, as it was a government ferry, I think the B.C. Government should be somewhat on the hook for the end of life costs to clean this thing up.

John Gregg


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