Von Donop Inlet

Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Drains NW into Sutil Channel at NW end of Cortes Island, NE of Campbell River (city), Sayward Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°11'00''N, 124°58'49''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92K/2

Origin Notes and History:

Van Donop Inlet adopted by mistake 6 January 1949. Form of name changed to Von Donop Inlet 6 April 1950 on 92/NW, being the correct spelling of the family name.

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

Labelled "Von Donop Creek" on British Admiralty Chart 580, 1867 et seq, "creek" being an old term for "inlet".

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

"Named c1863 by Captain Pender, RN, after Victor Edward John Brenton Von Donop, RN, midshipman aboard HMS Charybdis, 21 guns, Captain the Hon. George D. Keane, which vessal arrived at Esquimalt from China 23 March 1862, having been ordered to this coast owing to the threatened hostilities between England and the United States, growing out of the Mason and Slidell affair. (Victoria Colonist 25 March 1862.) Sub-lieutenant 1865-66, HMS Duncan, 81 guns, flagship of Vice Admiral Sir James Hope, North American station, after whom Hope Island was named by Captain Richards in 1862. Lieutenant commander, gunboat Cromer, 1875-77.

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)

"He came from a distinguished naval and military family, and was the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Edward Von Donop. Victor was drowned on 12 February 1881 when he was lieutenant in command of the gunboat HMS Decoy; he was swept off the bridge when his ship was rolling heavily in a violent storm." (information contributed November 2007 by Richard Taylor, Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association, UK; www.nhcra-online.org )

Source: included with note