It’s the end of an era for the Victoria Clipper.

The original vessel, the Clipper I, docked in Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the last time today.

It had originally entered service on July 1, 1986.

“We’ve had marriages on board, we’ve had engagements on board. We’ve had people who work in either side in Victoria or Seattle over the years that use this as a critical mode of transport, so it’s a very meaningful piece for a lot of people,” said Scott Meis, Clipper’s Vice President of Marketing.

The Clipper I shares duties with the Clipper IV, which began operating in 1996.

That vessel will also be retired at the end of February.

They will be replaced with the newer Clipper V on March 1, which the company says is larger, smoother and more comfortable.

It will have a business class cabin, called Comfort Class. For a $20 upgrade, passengers will have access to a buffet as well as reclining seats.

Regular fares will remain the same, as will the sailing schedule.

The company says it will aim to sell both vessels.

 

Calvin To