In the 1880’s two Norwegians sailed the coast from Vancouver. Nils Hjorth stayed in Shoal Bay while his friend Hans Hansen made his further north to settle in Port Neville. Hans and his new wife Lizzie’s homestead was the last port of call for the Union Steamship delivering mail and fright up the coast from Vancouver. When Lizzie died Hans was left to raise his young stepson. Never the less Hans remarried and the Hansen family remained an integral part of the community that they had built at Port Neville. By 1899 the town had 45 registered residents with a general store, several houses, and rental cabins that went for 25 cents a night.