Those lost at sea remembered at the Blessing of the Fleet

The Blessing of the Fleet took place on May 5 at the Blaine Boating Center.

The event was hosted by the Fisherman’s Memorial Committee with support from the Blaine Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Bellingham.

The event featured musical performances, prayers for the commercial fishing fleet and a memorial service for those lost at sea. The event was attended by elected officials, members of the fishing community and friends and family.

Photos by Wayne Diaz and Jami Makan

There were musical performances by the Blaine High School music department as well as Selena Rogers-Pai, above.


Pastor Aaron Zuch of the Grace Lutheran Church offered prayers for the success and well-being of the commercial fishing fleet.


The names of those lost at sea were read aloud, and flowers were placed in a wreath.


After the ceremony, the wreath was taken out to sea on the Plover Ferry.


The wreath was placed in the water by Coast Guard Auxiliary members.

  1. Always a very moving service. I was honored to participate, representing Blaine citizens. ~~ Mayor Bonnie Onyon


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