S'Klallam Singers help dedicate new state ferry Kennewick

PORT TOWNSEND — The S'Klallam Singers are helping to dedicate the new Washington state ferry Friday (today), 11 a.m., at the Port Townsend ferry terminal.

Three S'Klallam bands will be represented: Lower Elwha, Jamestown, and Port Gamble.

The communities of Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, and Kennewick will join Washington State Ferries and state and local officials to welcome the new ferry Kennewick to the state ferry fleet.

The event celebrating completion of the ferry will take place aboard the Kennewick at the Port Townsend ferry terminal. This celebration also marks the successful completion of the Kwa-di Tabil class (64-car) ferry construction program. The three-vessel program was completed three months early and $6.7 million under budget.

After remarks by dignitaries, the public can tour the new vessel until 1 p.m. The Kennewick’s in-service date on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will be announced in early January.

The Salish ferry will operate on its normal schedule throughout the day, so there will be no event parking available at the terminals.

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