Dungeness Inlet
Dungeness Inlet, now Dungeness Bay, looks out to the eastern end of the Juan de Fuca Strait from the north end of the Olympic Peninsula. This small, east-facing bay is sheltered from the Strait's currents by what Vancouver noted as a low sandy point of land, or a spit, which, as he continued, resembled Dungeness in the British channel.1 And, although Vancouver named it “New Dungeness”, the shortened form of Dungeness came to name the bay and spit, a nearby river, and, eventually, a town.2
  • 1. Edmond S. Meany, Origin of Washington Geographic Names (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1923), 73.
  • 2. Ibid.
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Dungeness Inlet. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/dungeness.html.

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