Name the newest state ferry

August 5, 2014

By Staff

Construction of the next 144-car ferry is under way and the Washington State Transportation Commission is inviting people from across the state to submit ideas for the new boat’s name.

Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Names should carry statewide significance and represent the state’s image and culture, such as state-adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, relate to nautical heritage, etc.

Names should have broad familiarity, be non-offensive and meet ethical standards.

Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review.

Send ideas to P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308, or email them to

Many of the 23 vessels in Washington State Ferries’ fleet have names reflecting the state’s tribal, geographic and historic heritage. The most recently named vessels — Samish and Tokitae — are in keeping with that tradition. There is also a ferry named Issaquah.

Read the complete set of guidelines or learn more at

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