The Chetzemoka is the first replacement ferry for the Port Townsend - Coupeville route. The vessel is named after S'Klallam Indian Chief Chetzemoka (1808-1888).
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Here is Assistant Transportation Secretary David Moseley's description of the inaugural sailing event as stated in his weekly email update:
I want to thank everyone who took part in making the inaugural sailing of the new ferry Chetzemoka a success on Sunday. There were hundreds of people involved, including the Governor, legislators, WSDOT/WSF staff, communities and customers. The festivities kicked off at the Coupeville ferry terminal with music provided by Navy Band Northwest and the Coupeville High School jazz band, followed by the Governor christening the Chetzemoka and speeches by dignitaries. The Chetzemoka made her inaugural voyage from Coupeville to Port Townsend and once in the dock, everyone was welcomed onboard for a tribal blessing, singing and speeches courtesy of the Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam and Lower Elwha Klallam tribes. The Chetzemoka was then open for public viewing and made available to the community of Port Townsend for their family photo.
See the event pictures posted by the Department of Transpotation. (Naturally, the first day of service, Monday, November 15, was interrupted due to high winds.)
Check out the on-board bike racks!