Blacklead Island
Whaling station on Blacklead Island, 1903
Blacklead Island
Blacklead Island
Blacklead Island
Blacklead Island
Geography
LocationCumberland Sound
Coordinates64°58′59″N 066°12′00″W / 64.98306°N 66.20000°W / 64.98306; -66.20000 (Blacklead Island)Coordinates: 64°58′59″N 066°12′00″W / 64.98306°N 66.20000°W / 64.98306; -66.20000 (Blacklead Island)
ArchipelagoCanadian Arctic Archipelago
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Coastline7 km (4.3 mi)
Administration
TerritoryNunavut
RegionQikiqtaaluk
Demographics
PopulationUninhabited
Official nameBlacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada
Designated1985
Source: Atlas of Canada[1]

Blacklead Island[2] is a Baffin Island offshore islet located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut's Qikiqtaaluk Region. It lies in Cumberland Sound, northwest of Kikiktaluk Island, approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) from Harrison Point and 10 km (6.2 mi) from Niante Harbour.

History

The island had been used by the Inuit for whaling. Later used by Europeans, it was known as the Blacklead Island Whaling Station, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1985.[3][4][5] In 1894 the whaling station was purchased by Mr. C. Noble and offered to Edmund Peck as an Anglican mission.[6][7]

Inuit standing at outdoor religious service, c. 1919
Inuit standing at outdoor religious service, c. 1919

References

  1. ^ "Blacklead Island at the Atlas of Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  2. ^ "Blacklead Island". The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. bartleby.com. 2000. Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  3. ^ Blacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 29 October 2013 .
  4. ^ National Historic Sites of Canada System Plan
  5. ^ National Historic Sites of Canada System Plan map Archived 2006-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Edmund Peck (Uqammaq), 1850-1924
  7. ^ The Life and Work of E. J. Peck Among the Eskimos by the Rev. Arthur Lewis, M.A.