James Island

JAMES ISLAND, 3.2 sq km, lies off the east coast of the SAANICH PENINSULA 25 km north of VICTORIA. Named for Gov James DOUGLAS, it was settled originally by farm families in the 1870s. Later it was a private hunting ground for Victoria sportsmen, including Premier Richard McBRIDE. In 1913 Canadian Explosives Ltd, later Canadian Industries Ltd, purchased the island and built an explosives plant. During WWI it was producing 900 tonnes of TNT a month. TNT from James Island was aboard the vessel...

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