In July 1793 Captain Vancouver sent the ships boats out under the command of Mr. Whitby as a part of his continuing survey of the Pacific North West coastline. They traveled to the head of (now named) Kitimat Arm and continued south west for eleven miles. Here they found a large waterfall that was fed by a deep lake. Today this delightful spot bears the name “Jessie Falls”.
They spent the night by the falls and Midshipman Sykes created a water colour painting that recorded an image of the falls. In this painting you can see Sykes sketching while seated on the rocks. Some of Sykes’ original water colours are at the Hydrographic office in Taunton, England and some can be seen in the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, California.