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The ferry being built for the state ferry system will be called the Sandpoil and will ply the route originally called the Keller Ferry crossing in honor of the first ferry used on the run. (Google Maps)

The Associated Press

SPOKANE — The newest and smallest state ferry boat finally has a name

The new Keller Ferry will be called the Sanpoil. That’s the name of a river in the region, and was chosen by the state Transportation Commission.

The Keller Ferry crosses the Columbia River north of Wilbur.

The vessel is under construction at the Foss Maritime shipyard in Rainier, Oregon. Later this fall, the parts will be trucked to the town of Grand Coulee and assembled.

The boat is expected to be launched next July and will replace the current vessel, the 64-year-old Martha S.

The Sanpoil is one of 12 Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.