The Wreck of the Florencia

Found this quaint little maritime tale at Florencia Bay, a beautiful spot we visited in Pacific Rim National Park…

“January 1860, the brigantine Florencia homeward bound to Peru with lumber from Victoria, became unmanageable and drifted helplessly to the Nootka area where H.M.S. Forward finally took her in tow. But Forward developed engine trouble and the luckless Florencia, cut adrift, shattered on the islet in the bay. Until 1930, Florencia Bay was known as Wreck Bay, a name still in common usage.”

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