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Fildes Strait

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 108798

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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running E-W between Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, and Nelson Island, was known to the nineteenth-century sealers; charted and named Filde's [sic] Strait or Sound by Capt. Robert Fildes, English sealing captain from Liverpool, who visited the South Shetland Islands in the brig Cora, 1820-21, and in the brig Robert, 1821-22, and who prepared the first comprehensive sailing directions for the islands (Fildes, 1821c). Field's [sic] Strait (Powell, chart, 1822a). Filde's [sic] Strasse (Fildes, 1827, p.465). Détroit Field's (Powell, 1824a, map facing p. 5). Filde's Strait (Powell, chart, 1828). Fildes Strait (Foster and Kendall, chart, 1829a; BA chart 3175, 31.x.1921; 3205, 25.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.10; DOS 610 sheet W 62 58, 1968). Field Strait (SDUK, map, 1838; BA chart 1238, 1844; 1916, p.389). Détroit Filde [sic] (d'Urville, 1842, end map). Estrecho de Filde (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861). Field Strasse (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p.304). Stretto Field (Gerlache, 1902a, end map). Estrecho Fielid [sic] (Riso Patron S., 1908, end map). Détroit de Field (Charcot, 1912, Pl.1). Fildes S. (HA chart, 1928). The strait was recharted by DI in 1934-35, when it was described as "only a boat-passage and a very dangerous one at that" and called The Narrows (Nelson, 1935). Estrecho Fildes (Argentina. IGM map, 1946; Pierrou, 1970, p.363; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.124). Estrecho Filder [sic] (Argentina. IGM map 3737, 1958). Stretto Fildes (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). Proliv Faylds (Soviet Union. AA, 1966, Pl.175).

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62° 13' 57.8" S
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58° 59' 56.4" W
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Not recorded
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