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Nelson Island

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 110315

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 Robert Island to the SW by Nelson Strait, and from King George Island to the NE by Fildes Strait and Maxwell Bay, was sighted by William Smith in October 1819; roughly charted by Bransfield in January 1820 and further charted by RAE, 25 January 1821; named Nelsons Insel (Miers, 1820b, map facing p.228) or Nelson's Island (Miers, 1820a, Fig.2, Pl.12, p.367), probably after the sealing ship Nelson (Capt. D. Burney, Burney Peak, q.v.) from London, which spent the 1820-21 season in the South Shetland Islands. Nelsons' Islands, Nelson's Isles, referring to the feature as more than one island, or including one or more of the adjacent islands (Foster, chart, 1820; Miers, 1820a, p.372). O'Cain(')s Island, so called by Stonington sealers in 1820-21 after the sealing ship O'Cain (Capt. J. Winship) (O'Cain Point, Winship Point, q.v.) from Boston, Mass (Palmer, 1820-21, 23 February 1821; New York Gazette and General Advertiser, 4 June 1821; Stackpole, 1955, p.41). Groupe Nelson, IÎles Nelson (Miers, 1821, map p.4 and p.14). IÎle Nelson ([referring to King George Island and Nelson Island as one island] Eyriès and Malte-Brun, 1823, map facing p.237; [referring to the present feature only] d'Urville, 1842, end map). IÎle Nelson's (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5). Strachans Island, Strachans Insel, so called by Weddell after J. Strachan (Strachan Hill, q.v.) (Weddell, 1825a, p.5 and map facing p.132; 1827, third end map). Nelson Island (Foster and Kendall, chart, 1829a; BA chart 1238, 1844; chart 3205, 25.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.15; BA chart 3205, 23.xi.1962). Ostrov Leyptsig, so called by RAE after the battle of Leipzig in 1813 ([Bellingshausen], 1831a, sheet 62). Isla Nelson (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861; Pierrou, 1970, p.544; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.210). Isla Nelso [sic] ([Irízar], 1903, map facing p.4). Nelson-Ön (Andersson, 1903, p.409). Nelson Insel (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904b, Vol.2, second end map). Nelsonøen (Nordenskjöld, 1904b, p.165). Nelson-Eiland (Nordenskjöld and others, 1907, p.16). Nelson Ö (HA chart, 1928). Nelson-Öya (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Nelsonöen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). Leipzigøen, referring to the RAE name (Aagaard, 1934, p.410). The island was recharted by DI in 1935. Leipzig, Leipzig I., Strachans I., referring to the RAE and sealers' names (Hobbs, 1939a, p.20, 41). Leipzig Island, referring to the RAE name (Debenham, 1945, p.426). Isla Almirante Uribe, after Almte Uribe of the Chilean Navy (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.198 and end map). Ostrov Leyptsig (Bender, 1948, map p.47). Leyptsig (Bellinghausen, 1949, map facing p.336). Ostrov Leyptsig (Nel'son) (Soviet Union. BSE, 1950, map following p.484). Wyspa Lipsk [=Leipzig island] (Machowski, 1953, p.90). O'Cain Island, as rejected name (USBGN, 1956, p.223). The island was photographed from the air by FIDASE, 1956-57. Isola Nelson (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). Ostrov Nel'son (Leyptsig) (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Nelson (Hardy, 1967, p.386). Nelson Island (Ostrov Leipzig) (Soviet Union. GUGK map 221, 1973). Wyspy Nelsona (Birkenmajer, 1982c, p.197).

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62° 17' 47.3" S
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59° 01' 39.3" W
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Not recorded
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