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Bransfield Strait

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 107929

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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separating South Shetland Islands from Trinity Peninsula and the Joinville Island group, was discovered but thought to be a gulf in January 1820 by Edward Bransfield, Master, RN (1785-1852), commanding HM hired brig Williams for her Antarctic voyage of 1819-20 to survey the South Shetland Islands; discoverer of Trinity Peninsula, the first part of continental Antarctica to be seen by man (Bransfield, chart, [1820b]); subsequently charted by early sealers. Christmas Sound, believed to refer to this feature in the log of the American sloop Hero (Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer), 1820-21 (Hobbs, 1939a, p.41). Kiles Way, referring to the W part of this feature (Pendleton, 1821-23, 30 December 1821). Branfields [sic] Strait, Bransfields Strait (Weddell, 1825a, maps facing p.1, 132). Bransfield's Strait (Powell, chart, 1828). Bransfield Strait (BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; 3205, 25.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.6; BA chart 3205, 23.xi.1962). Bransfieldstrasse (Ross, 1847b, p.392). D'troit de Bransfield (Vincendon-Dumoulin, atlas, 1847, Pl. 43). Estrecho de Bransfield (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861). Bransfield Sund (Ohlin, 1898, p.298). D'troit Bransfield (Gerlache, 1902b, p.28). Stretto di Bransfield (Gerlache, 1902a, end map). Bransfield-Bassin (Nordenskj"ld and others, 1904b, Vol. 2, p.127). Bransfield-Straitet (Andersson, 1904b, p.69). Bransfield Basin (Andersson, 1904c, p.217). Bransfields Sund (Nordenskj"ld, 1904a, p.46). Bransfield Sundet (Nordenskj"ld and others, 1904a, Del. 1, end map). Bransfield Shaat (Manen, 1905, Kaart 8 following p.710). Bransfield Straat (Ruys, 1905, map following p.88). Bronsfield [sic]-Sond (Nordenskj"ld and others, 1907, p.55). Canal de Bransfield (Nordenskj"ld, [1907b], p.99). Estrecho Bransfield (Riso Patron S., 1908, end map; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.53). Bransfield-Bass"ngen (Palander, 1914, map p.16). Bransfield Straits (Lester, 1920-22b, p.13; Nelson and others, chart 1935c; James, 1949, p.67). Bransfield Straight [sic] (Lester, 1920-22a, Vol. 1, p.23; USHO, 1943, p.106). Bransfeild [sic] Straat (Shackleton, 1921, end map). Bransfieldstr'det (Risting, 1922, p.325). Bransfield Stredet (Holtedahl and Mosby, 1928, p.233). Bransfield S. (HA chart, 1928). D'troit Brandsfield [sic] , D'troit de Brandsfield, Brandsfield Strait (France. SHM, 1937, p.xvi, 399, 400). Bransfield Meer (Stocks, chart, 1941). Bransfield Sea, referring to the whole of this feature, and Bransfield Strait, referring to its W end (USAAF chart 1737, 1946). Bransfield Sd. (Hansen, chart 5, 1947a). Bransfield Sound, as rejected form (USBGN, 1947, p.140). Bransfield Str. (Hansen, chart [no number], 1947b). Bransfieldin Salmi (Andersson, 1948, map p.329). Mar de la Flota [=sea of the fleet], after the Argentine Navy following operations in the area, 1947-48 (Argentina. MRE, [1948c], end map; Pierrou, 1970, p.367). Canal de Brandsfield (CACA, 1949a, p.32). Proliv Bransfild (Soviet Union, BSE, 1950, map following p.484). Branfieldsundet [sic] (Skottsberg, 1950, p.367). Mar de la Flotta (Riggi, 1950, map facing p.24). Mar de Bransfield (Torwil, 1953, p.389). Branfield (Capurro, 1955, p.158). Branfield Strait (Pinochet de la Barra, 1955, p.55). Bransfieldv Prliv (B rtl, 1958, map facing p.144). Stretto Bransfield (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). Brandsfield Straits (Hardy, 1967, p.300). Ciesnina Bransfielda (Birkenmajer, 1979b, map Fig. 1, p.2). Estreito de Branmsfield [sic] (Zero Hora, 23 January 1986, p.7)

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63° 00' 00.0" S
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59° 00' 00.0" W
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