The new Olympic Class ferry, Samish, began service in the San Juan Islands Sunday, June 14, 2015. San Juan Island Fire Department fire boat Sentinel escorted the 144-car ferry into Friday Harbor where it was met by elected officials, a jazz band and community members.
State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, state Senator Kevin Ranker, San Juan County Council member Bob Jarman and Town of Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher made welcoming remarks. The San Juan Jazz Quintet provided the music.
While the new ferry will be assigned to the Anacortes/Friday Harbor route in the fall, during the summer schedule it is being shared with all four ferry-served islands.
Photos by Matt Pranger