Ballard First Lutheran Church Pastors Erik Wilson Weiberg and Elise Scott will conduct the 91st Blessing of the Fleet at Fishermen’s Terminal on Sunday.

The ceremony is a prayer for a safe and prosperous season before commercial fishers depart for Pacific and Alaskan waters.

“It’s a large fleet, and they go to Alaska, and it can be a dangerous voyage as we’ve seen in the last few years,” said Ballard First Lutheran Church administrator Cindy Jackson.

Ballard First Lutheran Pastor O.L. Haavik was the first to deliver the Blessing of the Fleet 91 years ago, the neighborhood having grown out of a rich fishing industry driven largely by Scandinavians who settled there in the late 1800s.

The Blessing of the Fleet event will take place from 1-3 p.m. in front of the Fishermen’s Memorial at Fishermen’s Terminal, with the service starting at 2 p.m. The memorial honors those local fishermen lost at sea. That number stands at 675, said Delmas Whittaker, who manages operations at Fishermen’s Terminal and serves on the Fishermen’s Memorial board.

“Obviously, the memorial statue is showcased as a centerpiece of our plaza,” Whittaker said, “but in this case this year we’re expecting the fishing vessel Admiral to be the actual vessel where the [Christ] pennant will be hoisted for the event and as part of the ceremony.”

Port employee Ross Perry will again provide the ceremonial bell ringing.

“His responsibility is to be keeper of the bell and participate in that ceremony,” Whittaker said.

The Blessing of the Fleet will also include remarks from local leaders, including 36th District Rep. Gael Tarleton and Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins.