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Whidbey Island
and The Legend of Deception Pass

Chapter Twenty-Two

Plaque Remembers Captain Vancouver

On Pass Island is a stone-mounted plaque formally unveiled by Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in a ceremony at the opening of Deception Pass Bridge in 1935. The cast bronze plaque is 24 inches wide and 30 inches high and is mounted on a huge granite boulder found on Pass Island.

H. F. Donnelley of the State Highway Engineering Dept. designed the memorial and the tablet was cast by Zandt Foundry in Seattle. Forty members of the Ann Washington Chapter of DAR were present at the unveiling.

On top of the plaque is a replica of Captain George Vancouver's ship "Discovery" and under this the following legend written by Professor Edmund S. Meany of the University of Washington just before his death:

"Deception Pass, named by Captain George Vancouver June 10, 1792. Feeling that he had been 'deceived' as to the nature of the inner waterway, Port Gardner (now Saratoga Passage), he wrote on his chart, 'Deception Pass.' He honored Master Joseph Whidbey who found the passage while commanding a small boat crew of explorers, by naming the Island 'Whidbey.'"

Under the legend is the insignia of the DAR. The tablet also contains the following information, "Velocity of currents in Deception Pass 5 to 8 knots per hour. Depth varies from 4 to 37 fathoms. Knot 6082.66 feet. One fathom 6 feet."

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