PORTLAND, Maine — A new ferry set to join the Casco Bay Lines’ fleet next year will be named the Wabanaki.
The Casco Bay Lines Board of Directors selected the name from six finalists. Wabanaki is an Indian word that refers to the “dawn land” or the “people of the dawn,” an ancestral land that includes New England and eastern Canada.
Funded through federal stimulus spending, the Wabanaki is being built by Blount Marine of Warren, R.I. It will replace the Island Romance that will be retired after the new boat arrives in spring 2012.
The ferry service connects the Casco Bay islands with Portland, and schoolchildren on four island schools participated in the naming effort.