Letter: Fintry Queen part of family, Okanagan’s history

This last remaining ferry should not be considered for the scrap heap. It should be given every opportunity to sail again.

To the editor:

I have been reviewing and updating my many photo albums and news clippings. What a wonderful way to remember good times and good friends.

I notice how often I see The Fintry Queen.  We are on a cruise with American visitors, nearby friends and family. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon on our beautiful Okanangan Lake. Apparently The Fintry Queen also had evening cruises and dinners. Such a unique way to spend our summers.

Now I have just finished reading a story about Dun-Waters and the Fintry Delta. [Captain James Cameron Dun-Waters (1864 to 1939) the ‘Laird of Fintry’] What a fascinating history. The Fintry Queen was highly featured.

I dare say the young people who now make decisions regarding the fate of this historical jewel have no idea of its historical value. I hope they can set aside their monetary concerns about The Fintry Queen. They should do all they can to encourage the owner to complete plans for future cruises.

Water traffic was essential to the pioneers who developed business in our Valley. The three ferries were an essential life-line to connect Kelowna to the Westside. This last remaining ferry should not be considered for the scrap heap. It should be given every opportunity to sail again.

Some of the many wine tours may even be enhanced by water transport. There must be many opportunities to make The Fintry Queen a true Jewel on our Lake.

M. F. Wort, Kelowna

 

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