Blacklead Island

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Blacklead Island
Blacklead Island is located in Nunavut
Blacklead Island
Location in Canada
Geography
Location Cumberland Sound
Coordinates 64°58′59″N 066°12′00″W / 64.98306°N 66.20000°W / 64.98306; -66.20000 (Blacklead Island)Coordinates: 64°58′59″N 066°12′00″W / 64.98306°N 66.20000°W / 64.98306; -66.20000 (Blacklead Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Coastline 7 km (4.3 mi)
Country
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population Uninhabited
Additional information

Source: Atlas of Canada[1]

Official name: Blacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1985

Blacklead Island[2] is a Baffin Island offshore islet located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut's Qikiqtaaluk Region. It lies in Cumberland Sound, northwest of Kikiktaluk Island, approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) from Harrison Point and 10 km (6.2 mi) from Niante Harbour.

History[edit]

The island had been used by the Inuit for whaling. Later used by Europeans, it was known as the Blacklead Island Whaling Station, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1985.[3][4][5] In 1894 the whaling station was purchased by Mr. C. Noble and offered to Edmund Peck as an Anglican mission. Peck made several trips to England and southern Canada over the years but always returned to the mission, until he finally left in 1902.[6][7]

Inuit standing at outdoor religious service, c. 1919

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blacklead Island at the Atlas of Canada
  2. ^ "Blacklead Island". The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. bartleby.com. 2000. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ Blacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada . Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 29 October 2013 .
  4. ^ National Historic Sites of Canada System Plan
  5. ^ National Historic Sites of Canada System Plan map
  6. ^ Edmund Peck (Uqammaq), 1850-1924
  7. ^ The Life and Work of E. J. Peck Among the Eskimos by the Rev. Arthur Lewis, M.A.

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