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Cape Herschel

Herschel, Cape (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Cape Herschel  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 109293

Feature type: Cape


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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NE entrance point of Hughes Bay, dividing Davis Coast from Danco Coast, was roughly charted by Foster in January-February 1829, when the name Mount Herschel was applied to the later named Mount Pénaud (q.v.) to ESE of the cape, after Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), British astronomer and member of the Royal Society Committee which prepared instructions for the voyage of Foster's ship HMS Chanticleer, 1828-31; son of Sir F.W. Herschel (Herschel Heights, q.v.); further charted by BeAE, 24 January 1898, when the name Cap von Sterneck was applied to Sterneck Island (q.v.) to S of the cape; further charted by SwAE in 1902 and erroneously called Kap von Steineck [sic] (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904b, Vol.2, p.115), Cape von Steineck (Nordenskjöld and others, 1905, p.402) or Kap Wennersgaard (Wennersgaard Point, q.v.) (K. Andersson, 1905, Karte 1 following p.58); erroneously called Cap Charles (Charles Point, q.v.) by FAE, 1908-10 (Charcot, 1912, Pl.1). Guvenor [sic] Point, probably after the whaling ship Gouvernøren I (Gouvernøren Harbour, q.v.) (Johannessen, chart, [1919-20]). Cape Charles (Lester, 1920-22a, Vol.1, p.44; BA chart 3205, 2.ix.1938; [recorded as erroneous application] Gould, 1941, footnote p.239). Kapp Wennersgaard (Aagaard, 1930, end map). Guvernor [sic] Point (Bagshawe, 1939, end-paper map1). Cape von Sterneck (Cape Charles) (USHO, 1943, p.112). Cape von Sterneck (USAAF chart 1762, 1946). Cape Sterneck (USBGN, 1947, p.238; BA chart 3205, 23.ix.1949; APC, 1955, p.20; USBGN, 1981, p.816). Cabo Carlos (Chile. DNH chart LI, 1947). Cape Sterneck (Charles) (BA, 1948, p.170). Cabo Charles (Argentina. MM chart 106, 1949). Cabo Teniente Vivot, after Tte Mario Justo Vivot, of the Argentine Navy, a member of aircrew on FATA operations who died on active service (Argentina. MM chart 128, 1957; Pierrou, 1970, p.687). Charles (Argentina. MM chart OO(b), 1954). Following air photography by FIDASE, 1956-57, and further study of BeAE records showing that the name of Ster- neck was originally applied to Sterneck Island, the name of Herschel was transferred to the present feature. Cape Herschel (APC, 1960, p.4; BA chart 3560, 7.iv.1961; BAS 250 sheet SQ 19-20/4, 1-DOS 1974). Charles Point (USHO, 1961, p.146). Mys Shternek (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Cabo Sterneck (Chile. DNH chart 1400, 1961; IHA, 1974, p.268). Punta Charles, as rejected name (Chile. IHA, 1974, p.268).

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64° 04' 00.0" S
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61° 02' 00.0" W
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