Point Atkinson

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: N entrance point to Burrard Inlet, in West Vancouver (municipality), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°19'47''N, 123°15'54''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/6

Origin Notes and History:

Atkinson Point adopted 7 December 1937 on 92 G/6, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 1911, 1862. Form changed to Point Atkinson 3 July 1958 on C.3586, to reflect entrenched local usage. (file H.1.29)

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

After Thomas Atkinson, RN ( -1836), master of the Victory at the battle of Trafalgar.

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)

Captain Vancouver recorded that he had named this point on Howe Sound after a "particular friend". Unfortunately he neglected to identify the friend. The most likely candidate appears to be Thomas Atkinson, RN, who later was master of HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997

Lighthouse beacon was lit for the first time 17 March 1875.

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