You could help name state's newest ferry; here's how

The name of Washington state
The name of Washington state's newly constructed 144-car ferry, 'Tokitae' (above), was selected from a list of names submitted by the public. Here's your chance to name the next.
— image credit: Contributed photo/WSF

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

Ferry name proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12.

The commission has established the following guidelines to assess ferry name proposals:

Names for ferries should carry statewide significance and represent our state’s image and culture.

Specifically, names should represent such things as: state adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, relate to nautical heritage, etc.

Consideration will be given to the consistency with existing Washington State Ferries fleet names. Names should have broad familiarity, are 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.

All submittals must conform with the guidelines; provide background information on the proposed name; and provide indications of widespread public support, commonly done via local press stories, letters of support from local/regional/ state bodies and officials, local petitions, and any other appropriate supportive information.

Submittals should be sent to: PO Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308, or to

Following the Sept. 12 deadline, the Transportation Commission will begin its review and public comment process for the eligible name proposals. This will include input from Washington State Ferries, the Ferry Advisory Committee Executive Council, and the general public.

Final selection of the name will occur at the commission’s Nov. 19 meeting in Lakewood.

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.

Additional information on ferry naming can be found on the commission web site at:


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