MV Tillikum receives first 60-year service decoration

VIDEO: How the state is honoring the oldest ferry

BAINBRIDGE, Wash. — Washington State Ferries unveiled the first 60 Years in Service decoration on board the Tillikum, the state’s oldest active ferry, at a ceremony on Bainbridge Island Wednesday.

MV Tillikum began service between Seattle and Bainbridge Island in 1959. Today, the Tillikum serves primarily as the San Juan interisland vessel.

“Back when a gallon of gas cost 23 cents, and before Alaska became a state, the Tillikum began its public service on the waters of Puget Sound,” Washington State Department of Transportation Ferreis Divsion said in a news release.

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KIRO 7's Joanna Small gives an inside look at the historic unveiling in the report above and below:

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