Blessing of the Fleet, May 3, 2015

Photos by Steve Guntli

Friends and family came out to show their respect for the men and women from Blaine who have been lost at sea. Visitors placed a flower in the memorial reef for each life lost.

Friends and family came out to show their respect for the men and women from Blaine who have been lost at sea. Visitors placed a flower in the memorial reef for each life lost.

Captain Richard Sturgill carries the memorial wreath out to the Plover ferry.

Captain Richard Sturgill carries the memorial wreath out to the Plover ferry.

The highly emotional service drew a large crowd of seafaring families and well-wishers.

The highly emotional service drew a large crowd of seafaring families and well-wishers.

The wreath was taken out into the bay and laid on the water in commemoration.

The wreath was taken out into the bay and laid on the water in commemoration.

Seafarer’s Memorial Committee chair Gary Dunster read the names of Blaine residents lost at sea since the early 1900s.

Seafarer’s Memorial Committee chair Gary Dunster read the names of Blaine residents lost at sea since the early 1900s.

Selena Rogers-Pai sings an a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Selena Rogers-Pai sings an a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

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