BC Ferries unveiled the winning orca design that will grace one of its new Salish class vessels.

Esquimalt First Nation artist Darlene Gait's design was chosen from 37 entries in a design competition for the interior and exterior artwork on the Salish Orca. 

Darlene Gait

Esquimalt First Nation artist Darlene Gait's design was chosen from 37 entries as the winner. (Michael Mcarthur/CBC)

Gait comes from the wolf clan, so she incorporated the old legend of orcas and wolves sharing the same markings meaning, which she says means they must have come from the same family. 

Salish art

Gait comes from the wolf clan, so she incorporated the old legend of orcas and wolves sharing similar markings. (Michael Mcarthur/CBC)

Salish orca

The artwork will be displayed both on the exterior and interior of the Salish Orca. (Michael Mcarthur/CBC)

The three Salish class vessels recognize the Coast Salish people as the original mariners of the sea.

The Salish Orca will be sailing on the Comox-Powell River route by this winter, says the BC Ferries. 

Salish Orca

The Salish Orca will sail on the Comox-Powell River route. (Michael Mcarthur/CBC)

The other two ships — the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven — will arrive in 2016 and 2017 and the winning designs that will go on them will be shared over the coming months.