State legislators Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, and Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, help launch construction of a new Washington state ferry Thursday at Seattle’s Vigor Shipyards (formerly Todd Shipyards).
The two were invited to strike the first ceremonial welds on the keel of what will be a 144-car ferry, to be finished in 2014.
The first photo shows Haugen, center, beneath protective gear, flanked by Vigor Shipyard’s Teddy Rinonos. In the second photo, Clibborn has six sets of her own initials on her practice plate, as she prepares her weld.
This $147 million ferry is one of four the state wants to build, replacing three 1950s-vintage boats.
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