By Richard Walker
“Salish” is expected to be launched in spring 2011; “Kennewick” is expected to be launched in summer 2011, according to Washington State Ferries.
“Salish” refers to the Coast Salish people of the region, and is also the geographical name of the inland sea comprised of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, and Puget Sound. “Kennewick” means “grassy place” and “grassy slope” and comes from the name Kin-i-wak, the commission website states. Kennewick was the gathering place for the Cayuse, Chemnapum, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Wanapam and Yakama.