British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island
Description From Owner:Franklin RiverKwalate Point
- After Sir John Call (1732-1801), engineer-in-chief under Clive of India.
- The Cracroft Islands and nearby Sophia Island are named after Sophia Cracroft, niece of the ill-fated Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. With Lady Franklin she visited British Columbia in 1861.
- Devereux Creek - For F.A. Devereux, the surveyor who in 1895 tried to find a practicable route inland from the head of Knight Inlet.
- Echo Bay Marine Park - Echo Bay was originally Echo Cove, so named because of reverberations of sound from the cliff on one side of the bay.
- Franklin River - After Benjamin Franklin, a rancher who explored a Klinaklini route from Tatla Lake to Knight Inlet in 1892, hoping to find a way of driving his cattle down to the coast.
- Kwalate Point - From the Kwakwala Indian word meaning 'place of the [edible] salmon-berry sprout.'
- Minstrel Island - Local tradition has it that a 'minstrel boat' arrived here when a survey crew was working in the area.
- That boat was almost certainly HMS Amethyst, which in 1876 took the Governor-General (Lord Dufferin) and his lady on a cruise upcoast to Metlakatla.
- A member of her crew (Patrick Riley, Memories of a Bluejacket, p. 87) mentions that Amethyst had an amateur troupe of 'nigger minstrels'
- these entertainers were generally white and made up with black faces who provided entertainment for their shipmates and, presumably, any visitors, so it seems highly probable that Minstrel Island commemorates a performance in these waters.
- Nearby are Bones Bay and Sambo Point. Both 'Mr. Bones' and 'Sambo' were stock characters in the minstrel shows that were so popular in the late nineteenth century.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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