- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The state of Washington wants your help in naming the newest state ferry.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/UzzjpJ) work on the next ferry begins in January and it’s expected to begin service in 2018. Its name must have statewide significance and represent Washington’s image and culture. The finalists for naming the ferry system’s fourth Olympic Class vessel are Cowlitz, Sammamish and Suquamish.

The state’s first three Olympic Class vessels, which have room for 1,500 people and 144 cars, have been named Chimacum, Samish and Tokitae.

Washington State Ferries said this week a notice to proceed was signed with shipbuilder Vigor Shipyards, formerly Todd Shipyards, and that work on the fourth Olympic Class boat should begin in January.

Comments and other input on the names can be emailed to [email protected]

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Online:

Ferry naming information: https://wstc.wa.gov/Naming/FerryRoadBridge/FerryNaming2016.htm

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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