The WA Transportation Commission is again looking for suggestions for two new 144-car ferries now under construction ( http://www.wstc.wa.gov/news/2012/2012_0801_WSTC_Naming144carferries.htm ).
Orca Network respectfully proposes the Salish greeting, "Tokitae" as an honorable name for one of the next two 144 car ferries under construction. In our research, we've been told "Tokitae" is a Coast Salish greeting meaning "Nice day, pretty colors", or a Chinook jargon word meaning "pretty"; and is also the name given to an L pod orca captured at Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, in 1970 by Seaquarium veterinarian Dr. Jessie White.
TO: The Washington State Transportation Commission
PO Box 47308
Olympia, WA 98504-7308
RE: Proposal for name for new Washington State Ferry
FROM: Orca Network
2403 North Bluff Rd.
Greenbank, WA 98253
DATE: September 2012
SPONSORING ENTITY: Orca Network, a nonprofit orca education organization on Whidbey Island
PROPOSED FERRY NAME: Tokitae
ELIGIBILITY/MEETING WSTC GUIDELINES:
We, the undersigned respectfully propose the Salish greeting, "Tokitae" as an honorable name for one of the new 144-car ferries.
Thank you for your consideration.
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