ALBERT HEAD is a rocky promontory along the south coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND west of VICTORIA. It was named for Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. Manuel QUIMPER landed here in 1790 and claimed the island for Spain. The headland was the site of a quarantine station from 1883 to 1893, which was later transferred to WILLIAM HEAD. During WWII it was heavily fortified to guard the entrance to ESQUIMALT.
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