HMS Thetis, 1846-55
HMS Thetis, named for the Greek sea nymph,1 was a 5th-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. From 1851-53 it was commanded on in the Pacific by Captain Kuper.2
HMS Thetis gave its name to many places on and around Vancouver Island including Thetis Island, Lake, Cove, and anchorage.3 It was part of a force, led by Douglas, that went to Cowichan Bay to arrest Peter Brown's murderers, an incident that features in several despatches.
  • 1. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 588.
  • 2. Peter Davis, HMS Thetis (1846), The Victorian Royal Navy (website).
  • 3. Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, 588.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents