Devastation Channel

Feature Type:Channel (3) - Narrow stretch of water connecting two bodies of water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Hawkesbury Island and mainland, S of Kitimat, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°40'09''N, 128°50'09''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103H/10
Related Maps: 103H/10

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 March 1933 on Geological Survey sheet 278A, Prince Rupert, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart #1923A, 1927, et seq, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Confirmed 14 June 1946 on 103 SE, 2 October 1952 on 103H, and 5 March 1953 on c.3743.

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

"Named in 1863 by Captain Daniel Pender, RN, after H.M. paddle-sloop Devastation, 1058 tons, built at Woolwich in 1841...". [note that this waterbody is labelled "Pender Channel" on British Admiralty Chart 1923A, published in 1870 from Pender's surveys 1867-70.]

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)