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5 January 2022 marked the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s death. The explorer has been commemorated in place-names across South Georgia and the Antarctic; there are over 250 place names either associated with Shackleton himself or related to his expeditions.

Many place names in South Georgia honour Shackleton and the famous crossing of 1916, where Shackleton, Thomas Crean and Frank Worsley travelled from King Haakon Bay to Stromness Bay in the first crossing of the interior of South Georgia, to save their remaining crew trapped on Elephant Island after their ship was crushed by sea-ice. The team started their crossing in what is now known as Shackleton Gap, and ended their traverse at Shackleton Valley where they made contact with those at Stromness whaling station. Features along their route are named after the expedition, such as Compass Glacier, after Frank Worsley’s compass, Crean Glacier, Worsley Beach and Nineteen-Sixteen Snowfield, commemorating the achievement.

Map showing place names related to Shackleton across South Georgia