Dodd Narrows, Mudge Island

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Dodd Narrows is at the northwest end of Mudge Island separating Mudge Island from Vancouver Island. The Narrows are about 5.3 miles (8.5 km) southeast of Nanaimo, British Columbia. The Narrows are named after Charles Dodd, a ship captain and fur trader with a distinguished career in British Columbia and Alaska. Dodd Passage and Dodd Rock, near Port Simpson, B.C., are also named in his honour.

Mudge Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia. It lies between Gabriola Island and Vancouver Island, and is considered part of the De Courcy group. It is about 0.50 miles (0.8 km) wide and 2.5 miles (4 km) long. The island is named for William Fitzwilliam Mudge, an officer on HMS Plumper under Captain George Henry Richards. Richards surveyed and named many of the islands and other features in the area in 1859.

Timber rafts are used in Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to cheaply transport whole logs by water. Timber rafts can be of enormous proportions, sometimes up to 2000 feet (600 m) long, 165 feet (50 m) wide, and stacked 6.5 feet (2 m) high. Such rafts contain thousands of logs and tugboats are used to pull and maintain control. Read more here and here. See a short video of a log raft being pulled by a small tugboat here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Dodd Narrows and the Gulf Islands.