Saturna Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: One of the Gulf Islands, SE of Saltspring Island at S end of the Strait of Georgia, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°47'03''N, 123°08'53''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 December 1939 on 92/SE and on Ottawa file OBF 1699, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart #1917, 1849 et seq.

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

"Named, in 1791, after the Spanish naval schooner Saturnina, commanded by José Maria Narvaez, which vessel explored the channels to the northeastward of the strait of Juan de Fuca..." [See also "Who Named Saturna Island?" by Nick Doe, published in Shale:Journal of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society, vol 18, April 2008, for a discussion of early European exploration of these waters (by Narvaez, Pantoja, Eliza, Haro, Galiano, Vancouver, Quadra, etc), the early charting history of the area, and how & when Saturnina become corrupted or abbreviated to Saturna....]

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)