SAMISH
Year built: 2015  Passenger Capacity: 1,500  Vehicle capacity: 144 Auto Deck Height: 8'
Tall vehicle clearance height: 16' Number of side-by-side- motorhomes: 3
Length: 362' 3" Beam: 82' 2" Draft: 18' Propulsion: 2 diesel engines Horsepower: 6,000  Speed: 17 knots
Name Translation: Giving People
The second Olympic Class ferries was dubbed Samish in November of 2012.  The name continues century-old tradition of naming
ferries on Puget Sound with Chinook/Native American names, but also honors the
Samish Tribe.

Construction of the Samish began in December, 2012 at Vigor in Seattle, and was completed in early 2015.  After several weeks of
sea trials in Anacortes, a lavish open house was held on 20 May, 2015.  The vessel was formally christened by Washington First Lady
Turdi Inslee, and a tribal ceremony by the Samish Indian Nation was held on board.

The
Samish started service as scheduled on the first day of the new Summer sailing schedule.  Reports have been that vessel is
working very well in the islands, and is a welcomed addition to the San Juan Island fleet.

In early 2016 a hole was discovered in the hull.  Divers were sent down and found not only the hole, but that corrosion issues had
arise along the keel cooler of the vessel.  The
Samish was immediately sent to into drydock at Dakota Creek for repairs.  After several
weeks of repair, the vessel was returned to service, taking the place of the
Tokitae so that similar issues on that vessel could be
repaired as well.
The Samish arriving at Anacortes ffrom Friday Harbor, with Mount Baker watching in the distance.  Photo courtesy of  Brandon Swan.