Philip James Hankin
1836 - ?
Philip Hankin was born on May 30, 1836, in Hertfordshire, England to Daniel and Elizabeth Dorothy (nee Potter) Hankin. He was the fifth of fourteen children.
He joined the Royal Navy as an officer and reached the rank of Lieutenant. In early 1862 he sailed out to Vancouver Island and boarded the HMS Hecate, a British Surveying vessel. On May 25, Hankin, along with Surgeon Lieutenant Charles Bedingfield Wood the ships surgeon, undertook a journey across Vancouver Island starting from Kyuquot Sound. They recruited six local First Nation guides and proceeded from Aktis Island up the Tahsish Inlet where they followed "grease trails" across to the mouth of the Nimpkish River. The trip took them via Atluck lake, Huston Lake Anutz Lake and Nimpkish Lake. Once back on the coast they traveled by dugout canoe to Fort Rupert where the Hecate picked them up after a two week journey.
In 1864 Hankin returned to England where he resigned from the Royal Navy in order to return to Vancouver Island. After returning to Victoria later that year he became Superintendent of Police for the island. On August 3, 1865, he married Isabella Gertrude Nagle, the forth daughter of J. Nagle of Victoria.
On June 14, 1869, Hankin became the Temporary Administrator for British Columbia after the death of Governor Frederick Seymour until August 23 when Anthony Musgrave became the new Governor.
Philip Hankin has a number of features named after him including Mount Hankin near Alberni Inlet, Hankin Cove near Kyuquot, Hankin Rock in Clayoquot Sound, Hankin Point in Quatsino Sound and the Hankin Range between Bonanza and Nimpkish Lakes.
Married. Daily British Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (August 4, 1865) p. 3.
challenged early grease trails." Northislandgazette.com. March 17,