British Columbia

Want a used ferry? Opening bids start at $5,000 for Queen of Burnaby

The Queen of Burnaby, built in 1965, was pulled from service by BC Ferries in May. It's now being auctioned off to the highest online bidder.

BC Ferries is auctioning off the 1965 ferry to the highest bidder

The Queen of Burnaby is on the auction block until Jan. 4. The bidding began at $5000. (

After more than 50 years of service, BC Ferries has pulled the Queen of Burnaby from its fleet and is auctioning the boat to the highest bidder.

The vessel is currently listed on with a starting bid of $5,000. There is a caveat, though, that the ship no longer be used for sailing and can only be purchased for parts or to sit static.

According to BC Ferries, the successful buyer must provide evidence that they will perform an environmentally safe dismantling and recycling of the ship. 

The new owner will also need to tow the ship from its current location at BC Ferries' maintenance facility in Richmond.

BC Ferries spent over $3 million maintaining and repairing the ferry during its final year of service, but the ship is no longer considered seaworthy. It contains hazardous material, including asbestos, and has a leaky propeller.

The Queen of Burnaby averaged 54 sailings per week between Comox and Powell River before it was replaced in May.

This is the second time the Queen of Burnaby has been on the auction block. It was posted previously for $400,000 and did not sell.

Bidding for the boat will close at 12 p.m. on Jan. 4.