At first no dock existed here, so Lekwungen were hired to transport goods ashore in their canoes. To aid this process, large metal canting rings were embedded in the rocks and lines from the stern of the ships were tied to them. This kept the vessel steady while it was being unloaded. One ring, now painted white, remains in the rock to your left and what remains of another is just under the boardwalk (behind and to the right).
By 1858 about 25,00 men passed through Victoria on their way from California to the Fraser River Gold Rush. Within a few years the fort was dismantled and Victoria's Old Town grew up where it once stood. While stores, hotels and saloons were built on downtown streets, docks, warehouses and factories were built along the shoreline.
The Enterprise Wharf (located where the parking lot is behind you) was early Victoria's most famous dock. Goods which arrived at this port would be levied by the Canadian Government by the Customs House (looming to you left) which was built in 1875.
[Illustration captions]Watercolour by James Alden of Fort Victoria as it appeared in 1854. You are standing off to the right of this painting. Royal BC Museum Archives image PDP 02143
Note the stern lines of the ships attached to the metal rings on shore. Royal BC Museum Archives image A-03112
An 1864 photograph of Wharf Street looking North from the corner of Fort Street. Look off to you right at Wharf Street and note how little the original architecture has changed. Royal BC Museum Archives image A-03033
In this photograph taken during the Klondike Gold Rush shows the livestock pens on the Enterprise Wharf. In the background is the Customs House and the pier you are standing on. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives image D-07254
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|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10U E 472597 N 5363534|
|Decimal Degrees||48.42436667, -123.37040000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 25.462', W 123° 22.224'|
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