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Blacklead Island
Blacklead Island Whaling Station.jpg
Whaling station on Blacklead Island, 1903
Geography
Location Cumberland Sound
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Coastline 7 km (4.3 mi)
Administration
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population Uninhabited
Official name: Blacklead Island Whaling Station National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1985
Source: Atlas of Canada

Blacklead Island is a Baffin Island offshore islet located in the Canadian 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.

History

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. In 1894 the whaling station was purchased by Mr. C. Noble and offered to Edmund Peck as an Anglican mission.

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