Destination crew remembered at annual Fleet blessing ceremony

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SEATTLE - Crowds gathered at Fisherman's Terminal Sunday to honor those risking their life at sea.

Sunday marked the 89th annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony in Magnolia. The ceremony is meant as a way to recognize the risk crews take when they go out at sea.

This year's ceremony comes just a month after the Seattle-based fishing vessel Destination was lost at sea.

The 98-foot crab boat from the Port of Seattle was last heard from near St. George, Alaska.

In February, the Coast Guard called off a three-day search off the coast of Alaska. The six men on-board are presumed dead.

The disappearance of the Destination reminded many at the ceremony Sunday of a dangerous reality.

Laurel Shultz, an attendee at the ceremony Sunday, lost her cousin at sea in 1989.

"I come every year," Shultz said. I take photos and celebrate with all of the other community members that are backing the fishing community."

She says her cousin has a memorial on a wall at Fisherman's Terminal.

Sunday's ceremony was led by officials with the Ballard First Lutheran Church.

Since 1900, authorities say more than 500 men and women have been memorialized in Ballard.

A memorial for the Destination crew is planned for March 23 at 2 p.m. at Aurora Community Church.

The memorial is open to the public.

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