Commerell 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
Relative Location: S entrance point of Raft Cove, S of San Josef Bay at NW end of Vancouver Island, Rupert Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°34'22''N, 128°14'48''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 102I/9

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1910.

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

"The northerly extreme of Vancouver Island was named Cape Commerell by Captain Richards in 1862, but the name Sutil (having been given to it by the Spaniards in 1792) was restored by the Geograhic Board in 1905, and the name of Commerell has now been transferred to a point previously unnamed..."

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)

"Named in 1909 after Admiral Sir John Edmund Commerell, RN, GCB, VC (1829 - 1901).... Queen Victoria had a great regard for Admiral Commerall, and on the ocasion of her Jubilee in June 1887, appointed him an additional member of the Grand Cross of the Bath, and specially selected him for promotion to admiral of the fleet.... Edmund Rock, lying off ....[Cape Sutil], was named in 1909 at the writer's suggestion, also in honour of Sir John Edmund Commerell..."

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)