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Hudson Island is located beside Thetis Island, and Penelakut Island. Hudson
is about 31 acres in size, about 14 acres is common property.
I am unable to verify the origin of Hudson Island's name, but my theory is it
is named for the Hudson Bay Company. Their officers were active in the area
and did name Reid Island. Seems reasonable that they would name an island after
the Company at some point.
A resident of the US island Anderson emailed me with an alternate theory. She was watching
the Antique Roadshow, where the appraiser was inspecting a hand written journal kept by a
crewmate of the Peacock of the US South Sea Surveying Exploring Expedition. The captain of
the Peacock was a Commander William Hudson, Esquire. In the journal, it reportly says that
the Head of the Expedition, a Charles Wilkie, named an island after Commander William
Hudson. Was it this Hudson Island? Who knows?
The South Sea Surveying Exploring Expedition was one of the largest exploring expeditions
ever mounted by the US, it explored 280 islands in the pacific. Charles Wilkie lead the
expedition 1838 - 1842.
I am unable to say which theory is correct, if either, I leave it to the reader to make
their own decision.
Hudson has it's own 1900 ft. grass airstrip, shared among 10 property owners.
Many residents reach Hudson by taking the ferry to Thetis Island, and then
going to the marina, and completing the trip in their own boat.
Map of Hudson Island|
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