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Mount Foster

Foster, Mount (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Mount Foster  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 108887

Feature type: Mountain


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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highest peak (c. 2100m) on Smith Island, was roughly charted by the early sealers, when the names Mount Pisco (Burdick, 1820-21, 15 February 1821), Mount Pisga (Palmer, 1820-21, 10 November 1820) and Mount Pisgo (Davis, 1821-22, 16 October 1821) (Mount Pisgah, q.v.) were applied to the island as a whole; further charted by Cdr Henry Foster, RN (1796-1831), from HMS Chanticleer (which he commanded, 1828-31), 7 January 1829, and called Mount Beaufort after Capt. Francis (later Rear-Adm. Sir Francis) Beaufort, RN (1774-1857), a member of the committee which planned Foster's voyage; Hydrographer of the Navy, 1829-55; deviser of the Beaufort scale of wind force ([Foster and Kendall], chart [1829b]); renamed Mount Foster probably by Foster's committee or by the Admiralty after the return of the expedition, Foster having been drowned in the Chagres River, Panama, after an affray with natives, 5 February 1831 (Foster and Kendall, chart, 1829a [corrected in another hand]; BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; APC, 1955, p.10; BA chart 3205, 23.xi.1962). Foster Berg (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p.304). Mont Foster (Gerlache, 1902b, p.140). Monte Foster (Riso Patron S., 1908, p.11; Pierrou, 1970, p.370; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.127). Pic Foster (Bongrain, 1914, vue 11 following p. 60). Mount Forster [sic] (Nelson, 1935). Mount Beaufurt [sic], Mount Pisgah, as rejected names (USBGN, 1956, p.132). The mountain was photographed from the air by FIDASE, 1956-57. Gora Foster (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961).

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63° 00' 00.0" S
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62° 33' 00.0" W
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