Prior to my recent post of June 15th there had only been two posts on this thread in a year. Seems we have much to say but have not addressed my post of one week ago.
My concern on the 15th and today, is the potential for a fire on the boats rafted together. A fire would burn through any anchor lines and the current or the wind could take that mess into the nearby Selkirk Trestle.
If you want to see what a fire can do to creosoted timbers check out what happened to the Myra Canyon historic trestles a few years ago.
Our trestle is a major cycling route into the city. If we were to loose that structure due to a fire, it might never be rebuilt, especially in its present form.
By the way, I wonder how many of those boats have the mandatory holding tanks to prevent sewage from entering the harbour.
The olny bridge in the Victoria area I can think of that was ever closed due to a fire is the one on Belmont Rd that leads into Belmont park next to the Colwood Corner Petro Can. It caught fire in 1973 or 74 and the Government didnt want to repair the damaged creosote so they but up barriers to keep cars off but it was still ok for pedestrains. They had a by pass that was just as easy to get there in via Ocean Blvrd
The Selkirk trestle already had a major fire on it in 1996 and it survived so not buying that argument. I took pics of that fire taht hang in the Main Fire Hall just happens to get there before the fire boat got there you can see the picture just inside the main office door at the Yates Hall
Your fire theory can be used on just about anything.
A car on a car lot catches fire and all the cars next to it do as well.
Any of the wood framed apartment buildings in the city can catch fire due to careless smoking and voila the whole building is gone and the obne next to it
Also your argument about holding tanks doesnt hold much weight when considering the Gorge is littered with outfalls from Portage inlet to the ocean..outfalls that transpost oily water,raod grime catch basin stuff and sewer water from houses. So soon you forget about the leaking Oil tank in the yard of teh house on Adelaide Ave that leached into the gorge.
I didnt see any oil slicks near the boats either.
I walked in Banfield park today and there are no overloaded garbage cans. The only can I found is one of those ones that is 6 feet deep and buried with a very small opening for dumping into it.
Also I did not see one single turd in the water however I did see litter along the trail and even on the trestle. Go Figure.
Fear mongering .The sky is falling.