Calvert Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W of entrance to Rivers Inlet, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°33'00''N, 128°00'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 102P/9
Related Maps: 102P/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 10 August 1944 on C.399, as labelled on Vancouver's chart, published 1798, and on subsequent British Admiralty Charts.

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

Named by Captain Charles Duncan, in the sloop Princess Royal, when trading on this coast in 1788. The name was probably given in honour of the noble house of Baltimore, and was retained by Captain Vancouver in 1792.

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)

...perhaps more specifically, Lord Cecil Calvert, second Baron of Baltimore, who was the first governor of Maryland, and in part, responsible for religious toleration and freedom in the new settlement.

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