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Blacklead Island
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Whaling station on Blacklead Island, 1903
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Blacklead Island
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Blacklead Island
Location Cumberland Sound
Coordinates 64°59′N66°12′W / 64.983°N 66.200°W / 64.983; -66.200 [1] Coordinates: 64°59′N66°12′W / 64.983°N 66.200°W / 64.983; -66.200 [2]
Archipelago Arctic Archipelago
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Coastline7 km (4.3 mi)
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Official nameBlacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada
Source: Atlas of Canada [3]

Blacklead Island [4] is a Baffin Island offshore islet located in the Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut's Qikiqtaaluk Region. It lies in Cumberland Sound, northwest of Kikiktaluk Island, approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) from Harrison Point and 10 km (6.2 mi) from Niante Harbour.


Inuit standing at outdoor religious service, c. 1919 Blacklead 1919.jpg
Inuit standing at outdoor religious service, c. 1919

The island had been used by the Inuit for whaling. Later used by Europeans, it was known as the Blacklead Island Whaling Station, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1985. [5] [6] [7] In 1894 the whaling station was purchased by Mr. C. Noble and offered to Edmund Peck as an Anglican mission. [8] [9]

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