You may or may not remember but earlier this year Washington State Ferries asked for the help of Seattleites in picking the name of the fleets 22nd ship. Now that it’s been about 3 months and with tons of submissions, the finalist names are in. Let’s take a look.
As with most naming contests, the ferry system got a lot of joke names including things like Sir Floats-A-Lot, The Krakenator, and Always Late. While funny, it’s not exactly what the ferry system was looking for. Rather they wanted a name that represented a piece of Washington history and in the end that’s what they got.
It’s down to 6 finalists for the name of our 1st hybrid-electric ferry, which is scheduled to enter service in 2025 & will be similar in design to #Suquamish. Washington State Transportation Commission is asking the public to help decide: https://t.co/PoA51uUsuz pic.twitter.com/3r0TYZaQ7P
— Washington State Ferries (@wsferries) November 2, 2021
The six final names are Wishkah, Stillaguamish, Snoqualmie, Stehekin, Muckleshoot and Enie Marie. The first 5 names are local indigenous names and the 6th is the name of the great-granddaughter of Chief Seattle. Another name that was submitted that was not chosen is the Kalakala II in honor of the Art Deco style ferry that once graced the Shores of Lake Washington.
So what’s the next step? The Ferry Riders Opinion Group will choose their preferred name and the wining name will be announced on December 14th. If you’d like to learn more you can click here.