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Blythe Bay

Blythe Bay (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Blythe Bay  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 107850

Feature type: Bay


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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SE side of Desolation Island (q.v.), off Livingston Island, was charted by Fildes in 1820-21 (Fildes, 1821b, chart [1]); called by him in December 1820 Wood Harbour or Port Wood (Fildes, 1820-21) or Port Hood (Fildes, 1821c), but later in that season (and subsequently) referred to by him and by other British and American sealers as Blyth Bay (Fildes, 1820-21; 1821c), Blythe (Fildes, 1821b, chart [1]), Blythe Bay (Fildes, 1821c; Powell, chart, 1822a; BA chart 3205,; APC, 1959a, p.4; BA chart 1774, 14.ix.1962) or Blythe Harbo(u)r (Fildes, 1820-21, 1821c), presumably after Blythe (now Blyth), England, home port of the brig Williams (Capt. W. Smith). Fildes anchored the brig Cora here, 16 December 1820 - 6 January 1821 (when she was wrecked) and the brig Robert, 8-15 December 1821. Powell visited the bay in the sealers Eliza and Dove in the 1820-21 seasons respectively (Powell, 1822b, p.5). Blighs Bay, Bligh(')s Harbo(u)r (Davis, 1821-22, 26-27 January, 23 November 1821). Baie Blythe (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5). Blüthe Bay (Fildes, 1827, p.473). The description of the bay as being "on the south side of Desolation Island" (BA, 1916, p.391; 1930, p.64) presumably led to the name Blythe Bay being transferred to the large bay between Cape Shirreff and Williams Point (Hero Bay, q.v.) (BA chart 3175, 1934). This usage was followed by DI in 1934-35, when the present feature was used as an anchorage, recharted and renamed Desolation Harbour, in association with the island (Nelson and others, charts, 1935b, e; BA chart 1774, 9.vii.1948; APC, 1955, p.8). Puerto Desolación (Argentina. MM chart 105, 1949; Pierrou, 1970, p.311). le Blythe, in error (France. SHM chart 5452, 1951). Desolation Harbor (USBGN, 1956, p.106; [as rejected name] 1960, p.1). As indicated above, APC reverted to the original name in 1959. Blythe Bay (Desolation Harbour) (BA, 1961, p.234). Rada Desolación (Chile. DNH, 1962, p.109; IHA, 1974, p.100). Bahía Blythe (Argentina. AA, 1991, p. 7)

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62° 27' 51.4" S
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60° 18' 50.9" W
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Not recorded
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