As you probably remember, earlier this year Washington State Ferries announced that they would be adding a new ship to their fleet. Part of that new addition included a naming contest and after many submissions and months of deliberation, the new name is here. Let’s get into the details.
The ferry’s new name is Wishkah and here’s a short statement on the name meaning from the Washington State Transportation Commission.
Our 1st hybrid-electric ferry, which will be an Olympic-class vessel similar in design to #Suquamish, is named Wishkah. That’s what the Washington State Transportation Commission chose out of 6 finalists. The new vessel is scheduled to enter service in 2025. pic.twitter.com/QL5LqWQ6gE
— Washington State Ferries (@wsferries) December 14, 2021
“The Wishkah River runs from the Olympic foothills southward into Grays Harbor at the town of Aberdeen. From the earliest days of the Lower Chehalis people to the heyday of boomtown Aberdeen, the Wishkah has been a vital link between forest and sea that anchors the community. The Wishkah River was originally crossed by ferry, and the steamer Wishkah Chief served the river and the harbor. ”
The new ship will sail in 2024 or 2025 and will begin construction next year at Vigor on Seattle’s Harbor Island according to The Seattle Times. When it’s complete it will be the 5th Olympic Class ferry, joining the Tokitae, Samish, Chimacum, and Suquamish. Until then you can enjoy the other amazing boats that are a part of our state’s ferry fleet.
Psst if you want to read Wishkah’s name proposal you can click here.