Name them the M.V. Ole Hanson and the M.V. Anna Louise Strong.
The Washington State Ferries is asking for suggestions to name its two new Olympic-class boats. Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd suggests that one of them be called the M.V. Ivar Haglund after Seattle’s “keep clam” restaurateur. A reader suggests the M.V. Thomas Minor Pelly after the late congressman. “Ivar” is a fine suggestion; “Pelly” doesn’t make it for me. But I have a few other ones.
More provocatively, name it for the two figures in the Seattle General Strike of 1919: the M.V. Ole Hanson, for the mayor who took credit for putting it down, and the M.V. Anna Louise Strong, for the radical who fanned the flames.
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