Let’s face it. Ferry boats are part of Edmonds’ DNA. Scenic photos of boats pulling into the downtown dock abound, and city traffic patterns ebb and flow along with the ferry schedule. So why not make it official by naming the state’s newest ferry boat after our fair city?
Edmonds resident Greg Urban floated that idea Tuesday morning, sending an email to the City of Edmonds and Edmonds Chamber of Commerce officials. According to Urban, the Washington State Department of Transportation is taking suggestions for naming a new ferry that will go into service in 2011. The deadline for submitting names is April 30.
“I think the city and residents of Edmonds should lobby for the name “M/V Edmonds,” Urban said, noting it would be “a great way to promote the city.”
Mayor Gary Haakenson said he’s on board with the idea, and has emailed the ferry system suggesting they add “Edmonds” to the list of potential names.
Do we have a shot? Well, here are the guidelines that state transportation commissioners use for naming a ferry:
â€¢ NamesÂ forÂ ferriesÂ shouldÂ carryÂ statewideÂ significanceÂ andÂ representÂ ourÂ stateâ€™sÂ imageÂ and
â€¢ Specifically,Â namesÂ shouldÂ representÂ suchÂ thingsÂ as:Â stateÂ adoptedÂ symbols,Â tribalÂ names,Â names
ofÂ bodiesÂ ofÂ water,Â geographicÂ locations,Â cities,Â counties,Â orÂ relateÂ toÂ nauticalÂ heritage,Â etc.
â€¢ ConsiderationÂ willÂ beÂ givenÂ toÂ theÂ consistencyÂ withÂ existingÂ WSFÂ fleetÂ names. NOTE:Â AllÂ butÂ two
currentÂ vesselsÂ haveÂ tribalÂ names:Â Â theÂ RhododendronÂ andÂ theÂ EvergreenÂ State.
â€¢ NamesÂ shouldÂ haveÂ broadÂ familiarity,Â beÂ easyÂ toÂ pronounce,Â areÂ nonâ€offensiveÂ andÂ meetÂ ethical
â€¢ NamesÂ withÂ commercialÂ overtonesÂ orÂ namesÂ honoringÂ orÂ commemoratingÂ individualsÂ shouldÂ be
avoided,Â butÂ willÂ beÂ consideredÂ uponÂ veryÂ carefulÂ review.
More details on the naming process can be found here.
The names proposed so far, according to the state DOT:
– Al-ki:Â the Washington State Motto meaning â€œBy and Byâ€
– Kulshan: a name given to Mount Baker by indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, meaning â€œWhite sentinelâ€ (ie: â€œmountainâ€)
– Lushoot: short for Lushoot-seed, is a member of the Salish language family.
– Tokitae: a Coast Salish greeting meaning â€œNice day, pretty colors,â€ and also the name given to an orca whale captured at Penn Cove, near Keystone, in 1970.
No word yet on whether city and chamber officials will be supporting the idea. What do you think?