Verney Passage

Feature Type:Passage - Variation of Pass: Narrow stretch of water connecting two larger water bodies.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SE side of Hawkesbury Island between Douglas and Devastation Channels, S of Kitimat, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°30'19''N, 129°04'23''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103H/11
Related Maps: 103H/10

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 2nd Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1900.

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

"Named in 1864 by Captain Pender, RN. After Lieutenant Commander Edmund Hope Verney, RN, commanding on the Pacific station 1862-65, HM gunboat Grappler. Born 1838 - eldest son of Sir Harry Verney, Bart, and Eliza his wife, eldest daughter of Admiral Sir George Johnstone Hope, KCB. Lieutenant 1858; arrived on this coast 1862; commissioner and secretary of the Colonial Lighthouse Board, and JP on Vancouver Island, 1862-65; one of the originators in 1864 of the Mechanics' Institute, Victoria, in which he always took a lively interest. Returned to England via San Francisco 3 June 1865; commander 1866; captain 1877; succeeded as third baronet, 1894. (see "Cruise of the Grappler" in Victoria Colonist 4 December 1863, and also Victoria Colonist 3 June 1865)."

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)

"The Haisla call the lower end of Verney Passage (from Amy Point south) Qamu'ya. Jenkinson Point is the boundary between Haisla and Gitga'at (Hartley Bay) territory, and north of that point the shoreline on both sides comprises the Haisla Fish clan stewardship area that is owned by the holder of the Haisla name Umaqalh in each generation." (information contributed February 2007 by anthropologist James V. (Jay) Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; consultant to Haisla Nation, 2000-present).

Source: included with note