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  • Cape Mudge

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    Origin of place name: This cape, known for its treacherous offshore conditions was named for Zachary Mudge (1770-1852), who was first lieutenant on Captain George Vancouver's HMS Discovery in 1792 and in 1796 served on the HMS Providence in the same rank. According to the Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names,  Vancouver visited a village on the cape— Tsa-kwa-luten, meaning "playing field"—that was occupied at the time by the Coast Salish people. Cape Mudge village, now the main community of the We-wai-kai people, a branch of the Lekwiltok (Kwakwaka'wakw) First Nation, is know today as Yaculta. A lighthouse station was built on the cape in 1898, replaced in 1916 and now the heritage structure boasts an automated weather-observing system and a solar-powered light, horn and videograph fog sensor. 

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