Port McNeill
Port McNeill is located on the northeastern shore of Vancouver Island, on the south side of Broughton Strait. Starting in the mid-1800s, this area became of interest to the HBC for its coal deposits; in fact, it draws its name from Captain William McNeill, who established Fort Rupert, near Port Hardy, on behalf of HBC interests.1
In this 1846 document, Ogden and Douglas consider a coal-extraction establishment at McNeil's Harbour an object of importance; their coordinates for this apparently coal-rich area [≈ 50.65 -127.16] appear just northwest of present-day Port McNeill, on the western shores of Malcolm Island.
  • 1. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 473.
Mentions of this place in the documents