Amundsen Commemorative Naming in BAT

Amundsen Peak mapIn 2013 the APC honoured three members of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition with a place name in Antarctica, as part of a joint project with the New Zealand Antarctic Names Committee, to commemorate the Centenary of the expedition (see news article). This project also highlighted that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had never been honoured with a place name in British Antarctic Territory. The APC decided to identify and name a feature in BAT to commemorate his pioneering explorations of Antarctica.

Research into Amundsen’s early exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula showed that his first landing in the Antarctic was during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897-99), lead by Lieut. Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery. On 24 January 1898 the expedition party landed on what is now Moreno Rock, in the north of Gerlache Strait, on the Danco Coast. As this feature is already named, and is too small to have any other significant features on it, the APC Secretary looked for features that needed names on the surrounding islands. The highest peak on nearby Two-Hummock Island is nameless, but is an important navigational feature (see map). The name Amundsen Peak was approved on 9 October 2014 and added to the BAT gazetteer as follows:


Amundsen Peak USGS imageAmundsen Peak (64° 07′ 45″ S, 61° 42′ 16″ W) Highest peak on Two Hummock Island, Gerlache Strait, Danco Coast. Named after Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), Norwegian polar explorer, who was the leader of the expedition which first reached the South Pole in 1911, and first to fly across the North Pole by airship in 1926. Whilst he is usually associated with the Ross Sea area, Amundsen’s first landing site in the Antarctic was on Moreno Rock (approximately 20 km east of Two Hummock Island) on 24 January 1898 during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897-99), lead by Lieut. Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery.


U.S. Geological Survey oblique aerial image of Two Hummock Island showing Amundsen Peak.