M.V. Lady Rose takes her final journey out of Port Alberni

By Debora Steel, March 27, 2011

M.V Lady Rose final journey up the Alberni Inlet on March 27.

Credit: Four Directions Photo and Framing

Port Alberni — 

The M.V. Lady Rose is on her last journey up the Alberni Inlet. The ship spent 70 years carrying mail, freight and passangers to remote areas on Vancouver Island's West Coast. She will now be reno'd to live out her remaining years as a floating restaurant in Tofino.

The Lady Rose was to leave Harbour Quay at 10 this morning, but some engine trouble delayed the departure about one hour.

The Lady Rose was built in 1936 alongside the Queen Mary and was the first single propeller diesel powered ship to cross the Atlantic. For years, the Lady Rose travelled from Port Alberni, to Bamfield and Ucluelet and other small coastal communities in between. It was retired in 2007.

During the last trip she will overnight in Ucluelet . On Monday the Lady Rose will continue on to Tofino where it will remain with new owner Jaimie Bray, of Jaimie's Whaling Station.