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Greenwich Island

Greenwich Island (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Greenwich Island  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 109107

Feature type: Island


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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separated from Livingston Island to the SW by McFarlane Strait and from Robert Island to the NE by English Strait, South Shetland Islands, was roughly charted by nineteenth-century sealers and, joined to Robert Island, Nelson Island and W King George Island, first indicated by Bransfield (chart, [1820b]); probably included under Lloyd's Land by Foster (chart, 1820), but first shown as a separate island by Goddard (chart, [1821]); also charted by RAE and named Ostrov Berezino, 25 January 1821, after the River Berezina, near Minsk, where Tsarist forces defeated the French in November 1812 (Bellingshausen, 1831a, sheet 62; 1831b, Vol. 2, p.265). IÎle de Lloyd, IÎle Lloyd (Miers, 1821, map p. 4 and p.14). Greenwich Island, either after Greenwich, England, or after Greenwich, Conn., from which many New England sealers came (Fildes, 1821c; Powell, chart, 1822a; BA chart 1238, iv.1887; 3205, 25.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.11; DOS 610 sheet W 62 58, 1968). IÎle Livingston or IÎle Robert, referring in part to the present island which was not separately named (Eyriès and Malte-Brun, 1823, map facing p.237). IÎle Greenwich (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5; d'Urville, 1842, end map). Sartorius Island, after Capt. (later Adm. of the Fleet) [Sir] George Rose Sartorius (1790-1885) under whose command Weddell had served in HMS Avon, 1813-14 (Sartorius Point, q.v.) (Weddell, 1825a, map facing p.132). Greenwich Insel (Fildes, 1827, p.460). Sartorius Insel (Weddell, 1827, third end map). Isla Greenwich (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861; Argentina. IGM map, 1946; Pierrou, 1970, p.402; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.142). Greenwich Ø (Larsen, 1894a, p.130). Beresino-Insel (Gravelius, 1902, p.198). Greenwich Ön (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904a, Del. 2, end map). Greenwich-Öya (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Greenwichöen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). Beresino-Øen, referring to the RAE name (Aagaard, 1934, p.410). The island was re-charted by DI in 1935. Beresino, referring to the RAE name (Hobbs, 1939a, p.20). Greenwich Islands [sic] (USAAF chart [LR-74], 1942). Beresina Island, referring to the RAE name (Debenham, 1945, p.426). Beresino Island, as rejected name (USBGN, 1947, p.172). Isla Pedro Aguirre Cerda, after Don Pedro Aguirre Cerda (Aguirre Passage, q.v.) (Vila Labra, 1947, p.61). Isla de Greenwich (Chile. MRE, 1948, p.146). Isla Presidente González Videla, after Gabriel González Videla (1898-1980), President of Chile, 1946-52, who visited Chilean Antarctic stations in February 1948 (Chile. IGM, 1948a, p.33). Isla Soberanía [=sovereignty island] (Chile. IGM, 1948a, p.99). Berezino (Bellingshausen, 1949, map facing p.336). Ostrov Berezina (Berg, 1949, p.16). Ostrov Berezina (Grinvich) (Soviet Union. BSE, 1950, map following p.484). Isla González Videla (Cañas Montalva, 1950, p.26). Greenvich-Ön (Frödin, 1951, p.374). Isola Greenwich, Isola Presidente Gonzáles Videla, referring to Chilean names (Zavatti, 1952, p.509). Wyspa Berezina (Macowski, 1953, map p.90). Ostrov Grinvich (Berezina) (Baranov and others, 1954, map p.283). González Videla Island, President González Videla Island (Pinochet de la Barra, 1955, p.55-56). The island was photographed from the air by FIDASE, 1956-57. Presidente G. González Videla (Saavedra Rojas, 1956, map p.28). Bresino [sic] Island, as rejected name (USBGN, 1957, p.36). Greenwich Eiland (Knapp, 1958, p.574). Greenwich (Hardy, 1967, p.386). Greenwich Island (Ostrov Berezina) (Soviet Union. GUGK map 221, 1973). [For the history of occupation of the island see under Guesalaga Peninsula.]

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62° 30' 00.0" S
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59° 46' 58.8" W
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