Savary's Island
Captain Vancouver gives Savary its name

Captain Vancouver gives Savary its name

In June of 1792, the British ships Discovery and Chatham, under George Vancouver, sailed by Savary island on their way to Desolation Sound.

On June 25, 1792 (approx.), Captain Vancouver gave the island the name "Savary's Island".

Click here to read the entry in his journal where he does this.

1. In early July 1792, "a boat survey team led by Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey charted Savary Island and spent at least one night on shore, meeting a group of indigenous people at island's eastern end. Puget did not refer to the island as Savary, instead he simply called it Indian Island."
(Source: Roberts, John E. (2005). A Discovery Journal: George Vancouver's First Survey Season - 1792)

2. Archibald Menzies, the expedition’s doctor and naturalist, described Puget and Whidbey's campsite as “a delightful plain with a fine smooth beach ... that rendered the situation both desirable and pleasant and such as they of late seldom enjoyed.”
(Source: KnowBC s.v. Savary Island)

3. According to Powell River historian Barbara Anne Lambert, Savary was perhaps named for Captain Thomas Savery (1650-1715) who was born at Shilstone Manor House, Devon. He was a military engineer who invented and patented the first commercial steam engine in 1698.

[To honour this mechanical genius, I hereby dedicate the Savary Island Steam Donkey to Captain Savery and will commence raising money for the plaque.]
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