It’s official, B.C. Ferries trio of new European built vessels are going to be called the Salish Orca, Eagle and Raven, with a focus on traditional First Nations design.
Salish has been confirmed as the class name for all three of the intermediate-class vessels, being built right now in Poland.
Ferries kicked off a contest to name the vessels back in May, and a panel comprised of a dozen members chose the winners. More than seven thousand submissions came in.
The Salish Orca will be the first to hit the water, in late 2016 serving the route between Comox and Powell River, replacing the 50-year-old Queen of Burnaby.
The Salish Eagle is set to replace the 51-year-old Queen of Nanaimo and will be in service on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route in early 2017.
The Salish Raven is expected to come on line later in 2017, and will also ply the the Southern Gulf Islands.