Port Essington

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Port Edward, BC (Nearby: Port Essington, Osland, Oona River, Prince Rupert, Porcher Island)

570 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
V0V 1G0

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British Columbia Tourism Region : Northern BC

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  • The site of this settlement was known to the Indians as 'Spokshute,' meaning 'the autumn camp ground.'
  • Captain Vancouver applied the name Port Essington to the estuary of the Skeena, failing to realize that it was a river mouth.
  • In giving this name, he was honouring his friend Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Sir William Essington (1753-1816).
  • Later the name Port Essington was limited to a trading post established by Robert Cunningham in 1871 near the mouth of the Ecstall River.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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