BC Ferries announces names for new ships

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BC Ferries is welcoming three new vessels to their fleet, sporting brand new names decided on by the community.

At an event held at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria this morning, BC Ferries unveiled the new Intermediate Class Ferries would be called “Salish Orca,” “Salish Eagle,” and “Salish Raven,” to honour the fact the vessels will operate in the Salish Sea.

The new titles come following a naming contest in May that lead to a bit of mischief amongst voters, with the community submitting names like “Spirit of The WalletSucker,” “HMS Overdraft,” and “The Christy Clark Ark.”

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SEE ALSO: 25 of the cleverest submissions in B.C. Ferries' naming contest

The Intermediate Class Ferries have been built to replace the Queen of Nanaimo, and the Queen of Burnaby, which came into service in 1964 and 1965 respectively. They’ll be put into service on the Southern Gulf Islands routes and are schedule for deployment in August 2016, October 2016 and February 2017.

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