Cadboro (schooner)

The Cadboro was a schooner in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company in its operations on the Pacific Northwest Coast in the early 19th century. The 72 ton vessel carried 6 guns and had a crew of 35 men.[3] In 1842 James Douglas (later Sir James Douglas, Governor of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia) and six other company staff traveled from Fort Vancouver overland to Fort Nisqually on the Puget Sound. The Cadboro was used to sail north to reconnoitre the location of what would become Fort Camosun, shortly afterwards renamed Fort Victoria.[4] The Cadboro was the first vessel to anchor in Cadboro Bay, British Columbia and was the namesake of that bay and the community named for it, and adjoining Cadboro Point.[5]

Name: Cadboro
Owner: Hudson's Bay Company
Ordered: 1824
Builder: Rye, England
Cost: 800 pounds
Launched: 1826
Fate: Wrecked in 1860, on lumber voyage from Puget Sound
General characteristics
Class and type: Schooner
Tons burthen: 72 tons
Length: 56 ft (17 m)
Beam: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Complement: Crew of 35 [1] or 12[2]
Armament: 6 guns

In 1846, Cadboro was chartered to transport the survivors of the shipwreck of schooner USS Shark to California, and in 1850 was accused of transporting 10 deserters of the United States. A few days later the ship became the first owned by the HBC to be seized by the US office of revenue for non-payment of duties for goods.

Sold in 1860 after being laid up in harbour to a Captain Howard, the Cadboro was later lost in October the same year, on a lumber voyage from Puget Sound.[1] The Captain successfully beached the ship, but it was destroyed by the surf.


  1. Beattie, Judith Hudson (2003). Undelivered letters to Hudson's Bay Company men on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830 - 57. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press. p. 408. ISBN 978-0-7748-0974-0.
  2. Blecher, Edward. Narrative of a Voyage round the World performed in H.M.S. Sulphur, 1836-1842. Vol. 1. London: Henry Colburn. 1843, p. 301.
  3. Danda., Humphreys, (2001). Sailors, solicitors, and stargazers of early Victoria. Surrey, B.C.: Heritage House Pub. ISBN 9781459330535. OCLC 244770272.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "British Columbia:From the earliest times to the present, Vol. I, E.O.S. Scholefield & F.W. Howay, p. 458". Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  5. "Cadboro Bay". BC Geographical Names.

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