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Vessel by Name

Name - language and/or tribe: meaning

Cathlamet  - Kathlamet: "stone."

Chelan - Chelan Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation: "deep water."

Chetzemoka - Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe: 1850s chief.

Chimacum - Honors the Chemakum tribe's gathering place, which is now the present day town of Chimacum near Port Townsend.

Elwha -  Chinook dialect: "elk."

Issaquah - Sammamish/Snoqualmie Tribes, Lushootseed dialect: "place of the Squak People."

Kaleetan - Chinook dialect: "arrow."

Kennewick - Sah-ap-tin, Plains dialect: "winter paradise, winter haven, grassy place, grassy slope."

Kitsap - Suquamish Tribe, Lushootseed: Chief of the Suquamish Tribe in the 1800s.

Kittitas - A Central Washington tribe, part of the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation.

Puyallup - Puyallup, Lushootseed: "generous people."

Salish - From Salishan: a group of people in the northwestern U.S. and lower mainland Canada who speak a common language.

Samish - Samish: "giving people."

Sealth - Duwamish/Suquamish Tribes: 1850s chief (Chief Seattle).

Spokane - Spokane, interior Salish: "children of the sun."

Suquamish - Southern Coast Salish Lushootseed: "people of the clear salt water."

Tacoma - Southern Lushootseed: "snowy mountain."

Tokitae - Coast Salish dialect: "nice day, pretty colors."

Tillikum - Chinook dialect: "friends, relatives."

Walla Walla - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Nation: "place of many waters."

Wenatchee - Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation: "river flowing from canyon."

Yakima - Yakama: "to become peopled; black bears; runaway; people of the narrow river."


Evergreen State - Washington state nickname. This ferry was retired from the fleet in 2017.

Hiyu - Chinook dialect: "plenty." This ferry was retired from the fleet in 2017.

Klahowya - Chinook dialect: "greetings." This ferry was retired from the fleet in 2017.