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