Pearse Islands

Feature Type:Islands - Land area surrounded by water or marsh. Plural of Island.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: In N entrance of Johnstone Strait, just E of Alert Bay (community), Cormorant Island, Rupert Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°35'06''N, 126°51'54''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92L/10

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 April 1950 on 92/NW, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 581, 1867 et seq, and on BC map 2C, 1919 et seq.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Named c1860 by Captain Richards, RN, after Commander William Alfred Rumbulow Pearse, RN, commanding HMS Alert on this station 1858-61. Entered the navy 1832; lieutenant 1841; commander 1855; captain 1862; rear admiral, retired, 1876; died 1890." Also Pearse Peninsula, Broughton Island.

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)