Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Q is for Quimper Peninsula

A sunset arrival by ferry to the Quimper Peninsula city of Port Townsend.

The Quimper Peninsula and its communities can be seen and navigated with the Google map in the sidebar of this blog. A clip from Wikipedia describes the peninsula as follows: The Quimper Peninsula is a narrow peninsula forming the most northeastern extent of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in the northwestern United States of America.
The peninsula is named after the
Peruvian-born Spanish explorer Manuel Quimper who, in command of the Princesa Real, charted the north and south coasts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the summer of 1790. The Spanish had given the name Quimper to today's New Dungeness Bay, which George Vancouver had renamed New Dungeness. In 1838 Charles Wilkes gave the peninsula the name Dickerson, but the U.S. Coast Survey renamed it with Quimper's name.[1]
The Quimper Peninsula is defined by Discovery Bay to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and Port Townsend Bay to the east. From the ismuth it extends approximately seven miles to the north-northwest and then curves to the northeast for another four miles before terminating at Point Wilson. For most of its length the width is less than four miles. This peninsula forms the westernmost boundary of Admiralty Inlet.

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15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating post for "Q" day and thanks for all the information, Raf, along with the terrific photo! Have a great week!

gogouci said...

Beautiful sight to see after a long day's work.

Marie Reed said...

Thanks goodness it didn't get stuck with the name Dickerson! *grin*

magiceye said...

gorgeous capture for Q!


Greetings from the ABC TEAM!

Olivier said...

ombres et lumiere, tout simplement magnifique

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting. Love the info---I like Wa. State History--and I love the golden sky.

Ya dun good. MB

Rinkly Rimes said...

I love the way we learn more about the world this way. I had no idea this peninsula existed!

Carolina said...

Very informative post. Lovely photograph. Great Q.

Grace and Bradley said...

Beautiful sky and nice piece of geological history of Quimper Peninsula. I think in most naming system in science, it is whoever defined and named first should be the one of choice.

cieldequimper said...

I'll never get used to it!!!! ;-)

Dragonstar said...

That's a beautiful photo Raf. And a really informative post, too. Thank you.

Hyde DP said...

Quite an informative post about somewhere I'd queue to visit.

shopannies said...

great word for q day had never heard of it before

amatamari said...

Wonderful image!

Chuck Pefley said...

Raf, never heard this area described so before. Quimper Penn. Think I prefer New Dungeness, personally.

Love the inclusion of the ferry rail in the foreground -:)