Deception Pass – Washington State
There’s an interesting story about Deception Pass. George “Vancouver” gave it the title “Deception” since it had tricked him into believing Whidbey Island was a peninsula. The so-called “deception” was heightened because of Whidbey’s failure to come across the strait. In May 1792, Vancouver was anchored close to the southern end of Whidbey Island. He sent Joseph Whidbey to explore the waters east of Whidbey Island, now called Saratoga Passage, using small boats.
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Whidbey reached the northern end of Saratoga Passage and researched eastward into Skagit Bay, which is shallow and hard to navigate. He returned to rejoin Vancouver without having discovered Deception Pass. It seemed that Skagit Bay was a dead-end and Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island were a long peninsula connected to the mainland. In June the expedition sailed north along the west shore of Whidbey Island.
The first inlet was a “very narrow and intricate channel, which abounded with stones above and beneath the surface of the water”. Vancouver apparently felt that he and Joseph Whidbey was deceived by the strait. Vancouver composed of Whidbey’s efforts: “This determined the shore that they were exploring]to be an island, which, in consequence of Mr. Whidbey’s circumnavigation, I distinguished from the title of Whidbey’s Island: and this northern pass, leading to Skagit Bay, Deception Passage”
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