Queen Charlotte Sound (Canada)
:"There is also a
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand."
Queen Charlotte Sound is a sound of the
Pacific Oceanin British Columbia, Canada, between Vancouver Islandin the south and the Queen Charlotte Islandsin the north. It merges with Hecate Straitin the north and Queen Charlotte Straitin the south. [ [http://www.bartleby.com/69/0/Q00400.html Queen Charlotte Sound] , Columbia Gazetteer of North America]
Queen Charlotte Sound is part of the
Inside Passageshipping route.
According to the BCGNIS, the northern boundary of Queen Charlotte Sound is defined as a line running from the southernmost point of Price Island to Cape St James on
Kunghit Island, the southernmost point of the Queen Charlotte Islands. The western boundary is a line from Cape St James to Cape Scott at the north end of Vancouver Island. The southern boundary runs along the coast of Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Cape Sutil, then to Cape Caution on the mainland. An older definition placed the northern boundary as a line from the southernmost point of Aristazabal Islandto Cape St James. [BCGNIS|27249|Queen Charlotte Sound]
Queen Charlotte Sound was named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. There is some uncertainty over who gave the name. It might have been the British fur trader James Strange, or according to
George Vancouver, Mr. S. Wedgeborough, commander of the "Experiment" in 1786. Vancouver adopted the name in his maps and journals. For some time Queen Charlotte Strait was also called Queen Charlotte Sound, until 1920 when the BCGNIS and Hydrographic Service distinguished between Queen Charlotte Sound and Queen Charlotte Strait.BCGNIS|27251|Queen Charlotte Strait]
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