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Hell Gates

Hell Gates (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 109260

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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boat passage between the rocks off Devils Point, Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, was known to the nineteenth-century sealers and evidently used as a short cut between New Plymouth and South Beaches, which was negotiable by a whaleboat but not by a shallop or brig; described as a place "where many boats and lives have been lost" and named Hell-Gates (Fildes, 1821c, p.[7]), Hells Gates (Fildes, 1821b) or Hell Gates (Powell, chart, 1822a; Foster and Kendall, chart, 1829a). Höllenrachen [=jaws of hell] (Fildes, 1827, p.454). The following forms of the name were later applied to the SE part of Morton Strait (q.v.). Höllenthor [=hell gate] (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p. 304). Hell Gates (BA chart 3205, 31.x.1921; APC, 1955, p.11; BA chart 3205, 15.iii.1957). Hell Gates (Morton Strait) (USAAF chart 1737, 1946). Puertas del Infierno [translation of English name] (Chile. DNH chart L, 1947). The name Hell Gates was also applied to the chain of small islands and rocks across the E entrance of Morton Strait (USBGN, 1956, p.156). Following air photography by FIDASE, 1956-7, and ground survey by FIDS in 1958, the name Hell Gates was re-applied to the boat passage (APC, 1959b, p.13; USBGN, 1981, p.373). Khell Geyts, referring to strait between Livingston Island and Deception Island (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961).

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62° 40' 17.8" S
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61° 11' 11.5" W
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