Ferry to have photos of Kennewick

A new state ferry named for Kennewick will have a collection of scenic and historic photos on display when it begins service in the Seattle area early next year.

The Kennewick City Council agreed to spend nearly $1,600 to provide six large photos of various aspects of the city's heritage and landmarks so ferry passengers in the Puget Sound can see what they are missing by not visiting Kennewick.

"I'm excited about the ferry project and that we can show Kennewick's heritage and quality of life through these photographs," said Linda Spier, who is chairwoman of Kennewick's Ferry Committee.

Spier said Kennewick was home to one of the earliest ferry crossings in the state in the early 1900s before bridges were built.

The photos that have been chosen represent nautical heritage with a river steamboat, a scenic view of orchards and grapes, a sunrise shot of the cable bridge spanning the Columbia River, a historic Native American scene, a picturesque golf course shot and a picture of the Clover Island river walk and lighthouse.

Spier said she and four other people met to discuss and recommend the six photos.

The other committee members are Brandon Lange with the city of Kennewick, Tana Bader Inglima from the Port of Kennewick, Jordan Young of the Tri-Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau and photographer John Clement.

When the 273-foot ferry, which is being built at an estimated cost of $60 million, begins service early next year, it will take the place of a 65-year-old ferry named Rhododendron, which will be retired from its Point Defiance/Tahlequah route.

The new ferry is expected to be ready for sea trials and crew training this fall.

It will carry a maximum of 750 people and 64 vehicles.

About 643,000 passengers annually are expected to take the 15-minute ride to and from Vashon Island.