The BC Ferries vessel Queen of the North ran aground and sank last night. [here]

This is one of the ferries that sails the rounte from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert through the Inside Passage. Only two passengers are unaccounted for, and they may have headed home on their own.

This is the first sinking in the history of BC Ferries, and when you consider the number of people they transport and the number of runs that they have made, this is an amazing safety record.

And, as everyone expected, the crew of the vessel responded magnificently and got all passengers off. Thankfully, it is the “slow” season, and only about 100 people were onboard; in the summer, that number would have been up to 700.

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