The ferry Suquamish, Washington state's fourth Olympic class ferry, was christened Thursday in Seattle.

The 144-car Suquamish will begin ferrying passengers this fall. The new ferry will operate on the Mukilteo/Clinton route in the summer and serve as a maintenance relief vessel in the winter, filling in when other vessels are out of service.

The Washington State Transportation Commission selected the vessel name in 2016 to honor the Suquamish people, a tribe that has inhabited the central Puget Sound for approximately 10,000 years.

"Our marine highways are an irreplaceable part of our state's transportation system, with ferries carrying over 24 million people each year across our state's waters," Gov. Jay Inslee said. "It is critical for us to continue replacing our oldest ferries and I am proud to celebrate the Suquamish and the Washingtonians who built it."