Many Powell River youth learned the ropes working on the Comox Queen ferry in the 1960s and 70s. The coastal ferry that plied the waters between Little River and Powell River was under the jurisdiction of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways during those years. When BC Ferries acquired the Comox Queen she was renamed the MV Tenaka. Since 1994, the MV Tenaka has been based out of Whaletown, Cortes Island, making 6 daily round trips to Heriot Bay, Quadra Island.
The vessel has recently been purchased from BC Ferries by Lady Rose Marine Services to help expand the company’s tourism business in Port Alberni’s harbour.
Lady Rose owner Mike Surrell says his company has been in business for over 70 years providing passenger and freight service from the Alberni Inlet to Bamfield and Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Now that the company has purchased the MV Tenaka, they will be one of the largest tourism operators in Port Alberni, employing local staff and supporting local businesses.