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This summer, one more way to get to Victoria by water.

This summer, one more way to get to Victoria by water

Another boat to Victoria? Excessive as itmay seem to some, one more marine link to Victoria, B.C., was opened this summer, and operators say the new vessel is meeting a real need.

Three boats now ply the route betweenSeattle and Victoria. The B.C. Steamship Co., which operates the popular 1948 steamer Princess Marguerite, now also runs the Vancouver Island Princess. The third vessel is Clipper Navigation's high-speed 300-passenger catamaran, Victoria Clipper, now in her second season.

Boost for auto travelers. Until this summer,the Seattle service was geared to foot passengers. The Princess Marguerite can carry 1,400 walk-ons but only 50 cars (by reservation). The Victoria Clipper carries 300 walk-ons and no cars.

Auto travelers have often had to rely onBlack Ball's M.V. Coho from Port Angeles, Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, or B.C. Ferries from Tsawwassen, all some distance from Seattle.

Enter the Vancouver Island Princess,with space for about 140 vehicles and 1,000 passengers. She leaves Seattle daily at 3 P.M., returning from Victoria at 8 the next morning. The one-way trip takes nearly 5 hours and costs $40 for car and driver ($48 for RVs), $22 for each additional passenger. Walk-ons pay $22, children 5 through 11 pay $11, seniors $19.

The ship has dining room, snack bar andcafeteria, and bar with live music. On the Vancouver Island Princess, as on the Princess Marguerite, slot machine play is legal while the ship is in B.C. waters.

For more details on any of the ferries,write or call the operators:

B.C. Ferries, 1112 Fort St., Victoria V8W4V2; (604) 386-3431. From Tsawwassen: car and driver, $15.50; adult passengers, $3.40; children 5 through 11, $1.70.

B.C. Steamship Co., Pier 69, Seattle 98121;(206) 441-5560 (recording) or 441-8200 (reservations). From Seattle; Vancouver Island Princess fares are given above; Princess Marguerite fares are the same.

Black Ball Transport, 10777 Main St.,#106, Bellevue, Wash. 98004; (206) 622-2222. From Port Angeles: car and driver, $22; a adult passengers, $5.50; children 5 through 11, $2.75.

Clipper Navigation, 2701 Alaskan Way,Pier 69, Seattle 98120; 448-5000. From Seattle: adult passengers, $35; children 2 through 11 and seniors, $29.

Washington State Ferries, Pier 52, Seattle98104; 464-6400. From Anacortes: car and driver, $31.25; adult passengers, $6.05; children 5 through 11, $3.05.

Photo: Canadian flag waves above passengersarriving in Victoria's Inner Harbour

Photo: New B.C.-bound car ferry joins passenger catamaran on Seattle waterfront
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Date:Aug 1, 1987
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