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Melchior Islands

Melchior Islands (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 110104

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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group name for Lambda Island, Gamma Island, Eta Island and Omega Island, and offliers (divided by The Sound into East Melchior Islands and West Melchior Islands) in Dallmann Bay, Palmer Archipelago, were sighted by GAE, 1873-74, in January 1974; roughly charted by FAE, 1903-05, in 1904-05 when the name IÎle Melchior was applied to Eta Island (q.v.) and Omega Island (q.v.) as one island, after Vice-Amiral Jules-Bernard-François Melchior (1844-1908), of the French Navy, who was in command at Brest and assisted FAE by providing a tug during its departure in August 1903 (Charcot, 1906a, map facing p.316; 1906b, p.470). Melchior Island (BA chart 1238, ix.1908; 3175.1.iii.1940). Melchion [sic] Island (BA chart 3205, vii.1909). The islands were further charted by FAE, 1908-10, in 1909 when the name IÎles Melchior was applied to the whole group (Matha and Rey, 1911, Pl.3). Gerit Eiland, referring to Eta Island and Omega Island presumably after Dirck Gerritsz Pomp (Gherritz Land, q.v.) (Easton, 1913, map facing p.278). Melchion [sic] Ö (HA chart, 1928). The islands were further charted by DI in 1927. Melchior Archipelago (BA chart 3205, 1.iii.1929; 18.vii.1947). Archipel Melchior (France. SHM, 1937, p.405). The islands were recharted by AAE in 1942, 1943 and 1948. Melchoir [sic] Archipelago (USHO, 1943, p.41). Archipiélago Melchior (Argentina. MM chart 101, 1946; Pierrou, 1970, p.514; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.198). Archipiélago de Melchior (Vila Labra, 1947, p.120). Isla(s) Melchior (Ihl C. and Ayala A., 1947, map facing p.64, p.72). Melchior (CACA, 1949b, p.30). Grupo Melchior ([Chile. IGM], 1949, p.98). Melchior Arkipelagen (Frödin, 1951, p.370). Melchior Islands (BA chart 3570, 5.i.1951; APC, 1955, p.15; BA chart 3213, 23.iii.1956). Arcipelago Melchior (Zavatti, 1952, p.509). Melchoir [sic] Islands (USHO chart 6639, 1955). Melchior Eilanden (Knapp, 1958, p.580). Ostrova Mel'chior (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). The islands were photographed from the air by USN, 1968-69. [For history of occupation

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64° 19' 00.0" S
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62° 57' 00.0" W
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Not recorded
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