While exploring in the area close to Prince Rupert, Vancouver was surprised to meet Captain Brown of the British trading vessel Butterworth rowing out through the mist to meet him. Captain Brown had just arrived on the coast, and had just damaged his ship’s rudder on a rock.
Vancouver named the area “Brown’s Passage” which it retains to this day. Brown proved to be typical of so many traders who took advantage of the native people in the pursuit of profit.
This historic work depicts an episode in the 3 summers that Captain George Vancouver charted the Washington, British Columbia and Alaska coasts, during 1792, 1793 and 1794.