In 2008 I became aware of Latta Island for the first time. I did quite a bit of research
attempting to establish after whom it was named, but without success. At that time there
was no mention of it on the Internet.
A few days ago, I thought once again of Latta Island and did a Google search -- what a
difference two years can make with current technology. For example:
Lots of maps and other info -- but still no indication of where the name was derived.
Ode to LATTA ISLAND
By Keith Latta (Published in 2008)
It is located off the west coast of British Columbia
Among the many islands between the northern tip of Vancouver Island
And Hartley Bay -- lost in the cold, northern mists
An idyllic island of giant fir trees and sandy beaches
Unchanged and untouched for thousands of years --
Navigational charts of the area show it as "Latta Island."
Probably visited a few times over hundreds of years
By First Nations People on fishing trips in that area
And, more recently, by a few recreational fishermen
Otherwise unchanged and untouched -- alone, shrouded in the mists
Latta Island -- when and how was it named, and after whom
Perhaps after some early explorer, a mariner,
-- perhaps a member of Captain Vancouver's crew.
We may never know, for the history of the name, Latta Island
May be forgotten, and forever lost in the cold, northern mists.