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Low Island

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 109914

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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SW-most of the South Shetland Islands, was roughly charted by nineteenth-century sealers from 1820 onwards; probably named descriptively, or possibly after Capt. Edward Low, Master of the American sealing ship Esther (Esther Harbour, q.v.) (Burdick, 1820-21, 15 February 1821; Davis, 1821-22, 31 January, 1-2 February 1821; Powell, chart, 1822a; BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; Biscoe, 1830-33b, 5 March 1832; BA chart 3205, 28.vii.1933; APC, 1955, p.14; Stackpole, 1955, p.50; BA chart 3205, 23.xi.1962). Landings were made on the island by Burdick and Davis on 2 February 1821. IÎle Low (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5). Jamesons Island, presumably after a sealer (Jameson Point, q.v.) (Weddell, 1825a, map facing p.132). Low Insel (Fildes, 1827, p.454). Jameson's or Low Island (Powell, chart, 1828). Jamesons Insel (Weddell, 1827, third end map). The position of the island was determined by Foster from a position E of Cape Possession and from Deception Island in January-March 1829 (Foster, [1829]). Jameson Island ([Foster and Kendall], chart, [1829b]). Jameson Island or Low Island (Foster and Kendall, chart, 1829a). Isla Jameson ó Low (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861). Jameson od Low I. (Petermann, map, 1867). Isola Low (Gerlache, 1902a). IÎle Basse [translation of English name] (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904c, map p.72-73). Läga Ön [translation of English name] (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904a, Del.1, end map). Isla Hoseason, in error (Hoseason Island, q.v.) (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904-05, Tomo 2, end map). Isla Laga (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904-05, Tomo 1, end map). Low Eiland (Ruys, 1905, map following p.88). Isla Bajo [translation of English name] (Seguí and others, [1907], p.162). Isla Low (Riso Patron S., 1908, end map; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.189). Isla Low (Baja) (Riso Patron S., 1908, p.11). IÎle Jameson (Charcot, 1912, Pl.1). Bresso Eiland [translation of English name] (Easton, 1913, map facing p.278). IÎle Jameson ou Low (Bongrain, 1914, vue 11 following p.60). Low Ö (Hansen, chart, 1928). Lowe [sic] Island (Aagaard, 1929, p.33). Low-Öya (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Lowöen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). The island was recharted by DI, 1930-31 (Carey and Nelson, 1931b). Lowøia (Isachsen, 1934, p.134). Low Island (Jameson Island) (USHO, 1943, p.105). L ga Ön (Andersson, 1944, map p.155). Isla Low (Jameson) (Argentina. IGM map, 1946). Isla Jameson (Vila Labra, 1947, map facing p.200). Isla Law [sic] (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.201). Isla Jerónimo de Alderete, after G. de Alderete (Aagaard Glacier, q.v.) (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.201 and end map). Ostrov Nizkiy (Lou) [nizkiy=low] (Soviet Union. BSE, 1950, map following p.484). Isla Baja [translation of English name] (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.193; Pierrou, 1970, p.183). Lowön (Frödin, 1956, end map). The island was photographed from the air by FIDASE in 1956. Ostrov Lou (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961).

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63° 18' 30.1" S
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62° 07' 03.7" W
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Not recorded
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