They had some fancy paradin' down at Canada Place today. You know, the building with the sails. And it had nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day parades.
They were having a kind of open house to show off BC Ferries' latest addition to the fleet, a boat that should have been named the Spirit of Hartley Bay. This is the replacement vessel for the Queen of the North, the ferry that sank last March. It seems only decent that the replacement should have been named for the townspeople who came out in their boats in the middle of the night -- to help survivors of the crash. Not only did the villagers bring blankets and food, they invited the travellers into their town and made them feel at home until a bigger rescue ship could arrive, a couple of days later.
So where did BC Ferries get the name for this ship? No doubt from some high-priced think-tank ad company. Let's just hope the newly-christened Northern Adventure doesn't have as big an 'adventure' as the Queen of the North.