Mudge Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: De Courcy Group, just S of Gabriola Island, Nanaimo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°07'52''N, 123°47'28''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/4

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924.

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

Named c1859 by Captain Richards, RN, after Lieutenant William T. Fitzwilliam Mudge (1831-1863), HMS Pylades, on Pacific station 1859-1860. Drowned in New Zealand......

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)

Labelled "Portland Island" on an unpublished chart in the 1850s used by HMS Virago. (SHALE, Journal of the Gabriola Historical & Museum Society, Vol.1, No.1, pp 44). William T.F. Mudge was a great-nephew of Lieutenant Zachary Mudge, with Vancouver's expedition, 1792 (SHALE, Vol.1, No.2, p 41).

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