Moresby Island (Gulf Islands)

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See also Moresby Island for the island in the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia.
Moresby Island, in the Gulf Islands.

Moresby Island is one of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, located on the west side of Swanson Channel and east of the southern end of Saltspring Island. It is not to be confused with Moresby Island, the second largest of the Queen Charlotte Islands off the north coast of BC. It is currently a privately owned island, and is used by its current owners to raise beef cattle. The island is not open to the general public. Its current population is 3 persons.

Moresby Island has an elevation of 148 meters (485 feet 6 inches) above sea level at its highest point,[1] and has a total land area of 3.22 sq. miles.[2] The island is 3.7 km (2.3 mi) in length, and is 2.2 km (1.4 mi) across.[3]:9 The island was first settled in 1863. It was named for Rear Admiral Fairfax Moresby R.N., who was the naval commander-in-chief of the Pacific Station of the Royal Navy between 1850 and 1853, as was also Fairfax Point at the island's southern tip.[4]:342 During the 1880s, land was cleared by Capt. H. J. Robertson, then owner, in order to plant fruit trees.[5] In 1940, the island again changed hands.[6]

The island has been logged three times by separate Chinese logging companies. The evidence of this logging is nearly gone, yet there are a few signs of logging still remaining. Traces of the trails built for the machines can still be found. It has a very rich history, including a ghost story, the remains of a long-gone mansion, and evidence of First Nations people using the island as a resting place when traveling[citation needed].


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  2. ^ "Moresby Island". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ Morris, Frank; Heath, Willis R (1979). Marine Atlas, Vol 1 Olympia to Malcolm Island. Seattle: Bayless Enterprises.
  4. ^ Walbran, Captain John T. (1971). British Columbia Place Names, Their Origin and History (Facsimile reprint of 1909 ed.). Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN 0-88894-143-9.
  5. ^ "The Gulf Islands". Vancouver Daily World. 3 Aug 1889. p. 1. Retrieved 21 July 2015 – via
  6. ^ "Sale of Game Island To Industrialist Told". The San Bernardino County Sun. 24 Jan 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 22 July 2015 – via

Coordinates: 48°43′N 123°19′W / 48.717°N 123.317°W / 48.717; -123.317