The Steamship Authority Wants The Public To Help Name Its New Ships

The HOS Lode Star, one of the ships the SSA is buying from a marine transport company in Louisiana. Photo: Courtesy Steamship Authority

FALMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Steamship Authority is asking the public to help name its new ships. The ferry service is retiring two of its older freighter ships, the M/V Gay Head and the M/V Katama.

The ships will be replaced with two Offshore Supply Vessels from a marine freight company in Louisiana.

To rename their new vessels, Steamship Authority officials are holding a naming contest with the public. Right now, the ships are called the Lode Star and the Shooting Star. People can submit their suggestions through a new website, created for this purpose.

The service says the names should reflect the “local flavor and/or maritime history” of Cape Cod and the Islands. Winners will get a $250 credit toward travel or parking with the Steamship Authority, and the "opportunity to help welcome the vessels into service."

The ships that the Authority is buying are expected to remain in service for at least the next 25 years.

The Steamship Authority Board of Governors will choose the winner.

The contest ends at 11:59 PM on Sept. 5.

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