Iconic Okanagan Lake ship up for grabs

“The Fintry Queen has all of the makings to become one the Okanagan’s main attractions by connecting local communities” said Andy Schwab.

  • Mar. 6, 2015 8:00 p.m.

The iconic “Fintry Queen”  is up for grabs.

The passenger ship, which is currently moored in Sutherland Bay, has been listed for sale with RE/MAX Penticton Realty.

“The plan is to find a new owner that is interested in moving the Fintry Queen to Penticton on a permanent basis and to establish regular routing for the ship throughout Lake Okanagan” said RE/MAX Penticton realtor Richard Wilkins, noting the the City of Penticton is on-board with a plan that would allow the Fintry Queen to dock on the Penticton lakeshore at the Kiwanis Pier.

This 326 passenger ship is rich with local history and is well known for being the largest commercial ship on Lake Okanagan.

Originally built as a car ferry in 1948 where she carried passengers and vehicles across the lake year-round from the Westside to Kelowna well before the days of the first bridge.

During the ’90s, the Fintry Queen has averaged over 28,000 passengers every summer. She is specially designed to get close to shore, her bow boarding ramp permits loading and unloading without the need for extensive shore facilities. The Fintry Queen last operated in 2008. A marine survey completed in 2014 found her to be in excellent mechanical condition. Significant upgrades were done to the ship in 2006-2008.

“The Fintry Queen has all of the makings to become one the Okanagan’s main attractions by connecting local communities” said current owner Andy Schwab.

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