Jervis Inlet
Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Status: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E of Malaspina Strait, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°55'24"N, 123°58'27"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92G/13
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 31 March 1924 in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada as labelled on BC Lands Map 2O, 1912.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

Named in 1792 by Captain George Vancouver after Royal Navy officer Sir John Jervis (1735-1832), who at that time was a rear admiral serving in the West Indies. Jervis was promoted to admiral in 1795 and became commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean fleet, 1796-99. It was during this period, in 1797, that he defeated a much larger Spanish force at the Battle of Cape St Vincent, in recognition of which he was named Earl St Vincent. His devotion to naval discipline gained him a reputation, perhaps unfairly, as a tyrant. Jervis served as 1st lord of the Admiralty, 1801-04 and commander of the Channel fleet in 1821 on the occasion of the coronation of King George IV. In 1792, Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcala̒-Galiano named this geographic feature Bocas de Mazarredo after Jose̒ Mari̒ade Mazarredo y Salazar, a famous Spanish naval commander. The inlet itself, in the traditional territory of Sechelt First Nation, zigzags 77 km into the Coast Mountains and I the deepest fjord (at 723 m)on the BC coast. The Sechelt First Nation name for the inlet is Le̒kw’e̒min. See also St Vincent Bay.

Source: Scott, Andrew; "The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names"; Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, 2009.