Off Beat Vancouver provided some names for special breed of ships

first_imgSeveral Southwest Washington residents took part when former crewmen of the USS Rainier held their 2016 reunion earlier this month in Vancouver.That wasn’t the only local angle. You can trace that ship’s name — as well as the names of a couple of its seagoing sisters — back to Vancouver.And this doesn’t have anything to with Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard, which produced about 140 vessels during World War II. (The USS Rainier was built in Tampa, Fla.)In this case, we’re actually talking about Capt. George Vancouver. His Pacific Coast voyage in 1792 added many names to the British navy’s map of the Northwest, including several mountain peaks.Capt. Vancouver named Mount Rainier after a fellow British naval officer, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.One of Vancouver’s junior officers, Lt. William Broughton, led an expedition up the Columbia River. In addition to naming a point of land on the north shore after Vancouver, Broughton named a peak to the south after another British admiral, Samuel Hood.Further north, Capt. Vancouver named Mount Baker after the junior officer who discovered it, Joseph Baker.But for many Navy veterans, Rainier, Mount Hood and Mount Baker bring more to mind than the clean snowy slopes of the Cascade Range.last_img

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