Bajo Point

Feature Type:Point - Land area jutting into a water feature; also used for a convex change in direction of a shoreline.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: BY-o
Relative Location: W side of Nootka Island, Nootka Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°37'06''N, 126°49'36''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92E/10

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 15 May 1946 on C.3662, as labelled on British Admiralty chart A569, published in 1866 from surveys of 1862, and as labelled 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

Bajo Reef and Bajo Point were named in 1791 by Captain Malaspina. Bajo is a Spanish word meaning below or underneath, and refers to the dangerous reef.

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

The site of an ancient Mowachaht fishing camp; this is also (the only?) area along the BC coast where sea otters have been successfully re-introduced, after being hunted almost to extinction in the early 1900s.

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

Captain Cook noted this dangerous reef, March 29th, 1778. The British ship, King David, bound from Salina Cruz, Mexico, to Port Townsend, was totally wrecked on Bajo Point, December 13, 1905 and a boat's crew of one officer and six men going for aid, were lost.

Source: Middleton, Lynn; Place Names of the Pacific Northwest Coast; Elldee Publishing Company, Victoria, 1969