01/18/2007: "Leave The Battleship Name Alone"
The idea to change the name of Battleship Island is the craziest suggestion in a long time. As a longtime boater, I always thought the name came from the fact that it looks exactly like a battleship when coming north in Speiden Channel, also from the north headed south. It's one of the few of our islands that's named because of its appearance (as Orcas obvly is), because it's so unusually distinctive.
For many decades, and hopefully forever, the small number of clustered trees on the island has made it thus, gives it the outline of an old-design battleship, such as Robt Moran's "Nebraska".
The name should be left as it is.