Ferries also making a ‘joyful noise’ nightly to honor COVID-19 front-line workers

The Edmonds-Kingston ferry at Sunset. (File photo)

Wondering why the Edmonds-Kingston ferry is blowing its whistle nightly at 8 p.m.? According to Ian Sterling of the Washington State Ferries, the ferry system on April 3 began recognizing people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response with three prolonged blasts of the ship’s whistle on all vessels that are underway at 8 p.m. nightly.

This practice is “part of the worldwide movement to make a joyful noise in appreciation of workers on the front line of the COVID-19 response,” the ferry system said in a communication to employees informing them of the practice. This is only intended to occur while vessels are at sea, and not while vessels are docked.


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