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 christened 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 Trudi
                                            Inslee, and a tribal ceremony by the Samish Indian Nation was held on board.

Samish started service as scheduled on the first day of the new Summer sailing schedule.  Fulfilling all expectations, the Samish has
                                           proven a very good fit in the San Juans, and a more than worthy, superior successor to the ailing Super Class.

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, which was apparently not properly installed.  The
Samish was immediately sent to into drydock at Dakota Creek for repairs.  After several weeks of warranty
repairs, 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 mistake was caught
and not repeated on the

As with any new class of vessel, there is a certain learning curve and a period of breaking in when certain issues arise and are repaired.  Since this early, somewhat
serious event, the
Samish and Tokitae both have proven to be very reliable vessels, liked by crew and commuter alike.
The Samish arriving at Anacortes ffrom Friday Harbor, with Mount Baker watching in the distance.  Photo courtesy of  Brandon Swan.
About face!  
The Samish makes evasive maneuvers on the morning of Saturday, 14 July 2018 to avoid a
mislaid crab pot.
Photo courtesy of the San Juan Islander
Watch where you put that thing!

Crab pots have always been a hazard in the summer months on Puget
Sound, but the last few years in particular have been particular bad for
Washington State Ferries.

In 2017 three ferries were snagged in crab pot lines, the
Salish being the
most severely damaged when the lines wrapped around the propeller and
damaged the propulsion system.

Drydocking alone costs taxpayers $100,000.00.  Repairs beyond that can
cost thousands of dollars more.

So please be careful, and keep the crab pots well out of ferry lanes.