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“Hoquiam” loses out as the name of a new state ferry

November 13, 2012

While it did make the final 7, Hoquiam did not make the final cut as a name for one of 2 new ferries added to the Washington fleet.

The Washington Transportation Commission at their monthly meeting decided to name the two new state ferries the Samish and the Tokitae.

The first of the 144-car ferries under construction will be named Tokitae, a greeting meaning “nice day, pretty colors.” It’s also the name of a Washington orca better known as Lolita at the Miami Sequarium.

Samish is a tribal word meaning “giving people.”

The commission says the names selected at Tuesday’s meeting in Tacoma keep the tradition of giving ferries regional tribal names.

The City of Hoquiam issued a proclamation in September to throw the name into the ring to be considered. The city council said in their letter that the tribal history of the area and the impact on the logging industry made the name a viable choice.

“Hoquiam” would have been the second ferry to boast a local name. “Quinault” was the name of a state ferry built in 1927, renamed to Quinault in 1940, and retired in 2007.

Among the other names that didn’t float were Ivar Haglund and four other tribal names: Cowlitz, Muckleshoot, and Sammamish. Haglund was founder of the Ivar’s seafood restaurant chain.

The MV Quinault

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