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Bismarck Strait

Bismarck Strait (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Bismarck Strait  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 107815

Feature type: Strait


This name originates from United Kingdom. It is part of the Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.

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between S coast of Anvers Island and Wauwermans Islands, with SE limit off Cape Errera, Wiencke Island, was entered from W on 16 February 1832 by Biscoe, who described it as the mouth of a considerable entrance (Biscoe, 1830-33b; 1901, p.332) (Biscoe Bay, q.v.); traversed from the W by GAE, 1873-74, in January 1874; named Bismarck-Strasse by Polarschifffahrts-Gesellschaft of Hamburg, after Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815-98), Founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, 1871-90 ([Petermann], 1875a; Petermann, map, 1875b); considered to be a channel extending to the Weddell Sea (Bartholomew, 1886). Bismarck Inlet (USHO chart 1132, 1894). Bismarck Sundet (Ohlin, 1898, p.296). BeAE showed that no channel to the Weddell Sea existed in this latitude with the discovery that Flandres Bay (q.v.) was closed to the E, and suggested that Dallmann had in fact referred to Beascochea Bay (q.v.), further to the S. It was also thought that the present strait might form the S entrance to Gerlache Strait (Balch, 1902, p.194). Bismarck Strait (Balch, 1902, p.194; BA chart 3175, 9.x.1914; [in 64 55'S 64 05'W] APC, 1955, p.5; BA chart 3572, 25.vii.1958; [co-ordinates corrected] APC, 1959a, p.5). The strait was shown by FAE, 1903-05, on 6 February 1904, to form the S entrance to Gerlache Strait and to be a deep inlet that does not run through to the east coast of Graham Land, as had been supposed (Charcot, 1905c, p.464). Bismarck Estuary (Charcot, 1905a, p.512). Biscoe Bay (q.v.) (Andersson, 1906, Pl. 4 following p.301). Détroit de Bismarck (Charcot, 1906a, map facing p.316). Estrecho de Bismark [sic] (Riso Patron S., 1908, p.6). Bismark Strait (BA chart 1238, ix. 1908). Estuaire de Bismarck (Charcot, 1910, p.41). Bismarkssund, Bismarksund (Nordenskjöld, 1911b, p.42, 68). Bismark Straight [sic] (Lester, 1920-22a, Vol. 1, p.37). Estrecho de Bismarck (Hoxmark, 1924). Bismarck S. (HA chart, 1927). Bismarck-Stredet (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Bismarck-Kanalen (Aagaard, 1931). Bahïa Bismark (Cordovez Madariaga, 1945, p.88). Canal Bismarck (Vila Labra, 1947, p.155). Estrecho Bismarck (Chile. DNH chart LI, 1947; [wrongly referring to sea area between Wauwermans Islands and Cape Renard] Argentina. MM chart NU, 1954; [correctly indicated] Pierrou, 1970, p.205; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.48). The strait was re-charted by RN Hydrographic Survey Units, 1956-58. Archipiélago Bismarck, presumably in error for this feature (Argentina. MM, 1957a, p.161). Bismarck Baai, Bismarck Straat (Knapp, 1958, p.569). Stretto Bismarck (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 12-13). Proliv Bismark (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Estrecho de Bismarck (Argentina. AA, 1991, p. 7)

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64° 51' 00.0" S
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63° 58' 00.0" W
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