Even when my best friend lived on Galiano for many years, I didn't learn the real reason for the name, not until I looked up Active Pass, BC, on Wikipedia. It seems it was named for the USS Active, an American Navy survey vessel, the first steamer to navigate the pass in 1855.
Learn something new every day, especially on ABC Wednesday, now under the helmsmanship of Roger Green, who will happily educate almost anyone on almost any subject, almost any day.
(Educational note of my own: anyone who grew up attending English-language schools, especially anyone who has ever played Scrabble, will know that the most-used letter in the English language is E (or e). And it's very true. After changing the color of every A (or a) in the above three paragraphs, I checked, and E (or e) really does appear more often, even in a blog post about A.)
Kay Davies photos, July, 2012
I can't swear that the photos above, which I took from the ferry, Queen of Nanaimo, while on my way to Pender Island to visit some of my family, are actually in Active Pass. There were no signposts! Imagine!
However, the ones below are from Wikipedia, so I assume they are by people who knew exactly where they were at the time.
|Active Pass from ferry deck|
|Wikipedia photo, taken from Galiano Island|
|The Queen of Saanich negotiating Active Pass|
Posted for ABC Wednesday
Mrs. Nesbitt's alphabetical meme now skippered by Roger O. Green.
Thanks, Roger! I know you'll do a great job.