Pachena Point

Feature Type:Point - Land area jutting into a water feature; also used for a convex change in direction of a shoreline.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S side Pachena Bay, just SE of Barkley Sound, Barclay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°43'19''N, 125°06'03''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92C/11

Origin Notes and History:

"Pachena Point (not Beghados, Beegadoss nor Beeghadoss)" adopted in the 5th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1904.

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

"I desire to call the attention of the Geographic Board to a misnamed point on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Admiralty Charts have marked it the last few years "Beegadoss Point". The real name of the point, and the name it is known by locally is Pachena Point, named after the Pachena Indians who have had a rancherie in this vicinity from time immemorial. A lieutenant named Nugent in HMS Champion named it Beegadoss Point because I told him an iron ship named "Beegadoss Ambiadoss" [sic] was wrecked there. He had no business to do this as the point is known locally as Pachena Point, and this name should be restored to it on Admiralty Charts # 917 (1911), and 584." (18 April 1902 letter from Capt. John T. Walbran to BC Chief Geographer, file 1902) Apparently called Beghadoss Point prior to establishment of a lightstation here in 1909, after the 3-masted Bechardass-Ambiadas, wrecked about 1/2 mile northwest of this point 27 July 1897.

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

On 27 July 1879 the British bark "Becherdass Ambiadas", Captain Williams in command and bound for Moodyville from Shanghai, was driven on a reef about 1/2 mile west of here. The wreck was caused by fog; the vessel dragged over the reef and became a total loss. Some of the survivors resided at the station until the schooner "Favourite", under Captain Spring, arrived to take them to Victoria. For beachcombers the wreck yielded a bonanza, much of which was recovered by the Indians. The Cox family retrieved several casks of wine.

Source: Gibbs, James A; Shipwrecks of Juan de Fuca; Binfords & Mort, Portland, 1968.

"This word is derived from the Nitinaht Indian name for the site of Port Renfrew, but by mistake the anglicized name Pachena was applied to a point further up the coast that had a nearly identical configuration. Pachena in its original form means either 'sea foam' or 'foam on the rocks'."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997

The Huu-ay-aht village of Ts'axq'oo-is was located just east of Pachena Point. "Within the Hahoultee of Klaawanuk. Billy Happynook said the name means ┬┐village along the west coast with a bay (bight) within it.┬┐ Alex Williams said they anchored here during a big westerly." (Huu-ay-aht Place Names in the Chief Louie Nookemus historial accounts, c1964, shared September 2009 in the context of the Maa-nulth First Nations Treaty.)

Source: included with note