Latest additions to the gazetteers
Place-name of the Month – July/Aug 2013
King George Island (62°0’19″S, 58°17’12″W) is one of the South Shetland Islands; north-east of Nelson Island and south-west of Elephant Island. It was discovered and roughly charted on its north coast by William Smith on 16 October 1819, providing the site of the first landing in Antarctica and being included in the name New South Britain. It was further charted on its south coast by the Russian Antarctic Expedition in February 1821. Following the discovery and naming of King George Bay by Bransfield (22 January 1820), the island was named after King George IV of England (1820-1830).
This month, in honour of the birth of Prince George of Cambridge, I have chosen to highlight all of the place-names in British Antarctic Territory that bear his name (see map). If the Prince is to be awarded an Antarctic place-name in the future, the Place-names Committee will have to be very inventive to think up a new version of the name to use!