One of BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels will have a distinct Vancouver Island feel, thanks to a local artist.

The company unveiled the artwork that will adorn the exterior of the Salish Orca on Tuesday.

Esquimalt Nation artist Darlene Gait came up with the concept of a pod of orcas on the port and starboard sides of the vessel.

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It was chosen out of a group of nine finalists.

A similar design by Gait will also be on display on the inside of the boat.

The artist said she has worked on the piece for months, and had to tweak it more than 100 times.

The new vessels are currently being built in Poland and the Salish Orca will serve the Comox to Powell River route.

It’s set to arrive later this year.

Meanwhile, the artwork for the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven will be revealed in the coming months.