Whaletown may get its name from an old whaling station, but Europeans really did not settle in the area for another 15 years or so. In today’s program Lynne Jordan, former President of the Cortes Island Museum, traces the modern community back to a logger named Moses Ireland.
First Nations people were using Whaletown Bay before that and a fish trap is believed to have once stretched across the entrance of the lagoon.
The whalers came for 18 months, in 1869 and 70.
“It wasn’t very many years after the whaling station left, in the mid 1880s, that Moses Ireland moved into the area as a logger and set up camp where the whale station had been,” explained Jordan.Continue reading Birth of Whaletown as a community abt. 1885-1914