Sammamish falls short in bid for state ferry name

November 27, 2012

By Staff

The bid to name a ferry for Sammamish came up short, after state transportation officials selected other tribal names instead.

Washington Transportation Commission members selected Samish and Tokitae for the 144-car Olympic class ferries. The commission also considered Cowlitz, Hoquiam, Muckleshoot and Ivar Haglund as possible names.

The commission announced the name selection Nov. 13.

Tokitae is taken from Chinook jargon, and translates as, “nice day, pretty colors,” and also is the name given to the orca whale captured at Penn Cove in 1970 and later sent to a Miami marine park. Samish means “giving people” in proto-Salish origins.

In the late 1970s, Issaquah leaders successfully lobbied for the state to name a 124-car ferry for the city.

The ferry Issaquah remains in service between West Seattle and Vashon Island.

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