You can buy an abandoned BC Ferries vessel for $ 159,000


If you have a few (hundreds) thousands of dollars lying around, you could be the owner of a decommissioned BC Ferries vessel.The recently retired North Island Princess is on the market for sale. It was posted on Craigslist several weeks ago and is listed by Pacific Boat Brokers, which describes itself as a leader in the “ship and license brokerage industry”.

The Princess of the North Island in action (Pacific Boat Brokers / Craigslist)

The ship is currently available for $ 159,000 – or any reasonable offer, depending on the listing. It is 200 feet long and can carry 38 cars and 150 people.

The interior of the North Island Princess (Pacific Boat Brokers / Craigslist)

However, don’t expect the vehicle to look like a modern BC Ferries ship. The North Island Princess was built in 1958 and rebuilt in 1971. She retired in early June when BC Ferries launched the first ships of its new fleet of hybrid electric battery vessels.

Norht island princess

Pacific Boat Brokers / Craigslist

The hybrid ships arrived in British Columbia earlier this year after being transported by a large semi-submersible transport vessel for the journey from the Damen Shipyards Group facility in Romania.

However, compared to other BC Ferries that have sold in the past, $ 159,000 could be considered theft.

In 2017, a former BC Ferries employee purchased the Queen of Chilliwack for $ 2 million, just five years after the ship received a $ 15 million refurbishment. The buyer, George Goundar, purchased the vessel as the third part of his fleet for his growing business of passenger ferries in Fiji.


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