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Pitt Islands

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

Pitt Islands  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 110644

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 of islands and rocks NE of Renaud Island, forming the NE part of Biscoe Islands (q.v.) with individual islands in the group named after characters from Pickwick papers. An island, or several islands seen as one island, believed to lie in this group, was charted by Biscoe, 19 February 1832, erroneously in 65°20'S 66°38'W, and named Pitt's Island after William Pitt (1759-1806), English statesman and Prime Minister, 1783-1801, "from the great likeness of an iceberg [in the vicinity] to that statesman in a sitting posture, and which for some time I took to be a rock" (Biscoe, 1830-33b, 19 February 1832; 1833d, p.111; 1901, p.232). Île Pitt ([Biscoe], 1833c,p.75; [in c.65°20'S 65°39'W] Lecointe, 1903, Carte 6). Pitt Island (BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; [in c. 65°30'S 65°20'W] chart 3175, 7.vii.1933). Pitt Insel (Neumayer, 1872a, Tafel 2). The islands were further roughly charted by BeAE and by FAE, 1903-05, which named the NE islands in the group as a single island Île Martin (Charcot, 1906a, map facing p.316; Bongrain, 1914, vues 19 and 24 following p.60) or Îlot Martin (Charcot, 1906b, p.476), after Capt. J.A. Martin, of the Argentine Navy (Martin Islands, q.v.). Isla Pitt (Riso Patron S., 1908, end map). Martin Islands, referring to the NE islands in the group (BA chart 1238, ix.1908; Rymill and others, 1938, map facing p.86; [in 65°28'S 65°18'W] APC, 1955, p.14; BA chart 3570, 27.ix.1957). The islands were further roughly charted by FAE, 1908-10. Îles Martin ([referring to the NE islands in the group] Matha and Rey, 1911, Pl.2; Charcot, 1912, Pl. 1 and 3; [extending SE to include Vieugué Island] Bongrain, 1914, vue 24 following p.60). Martin Island, referring to one of the NE islands (BA, 1916, photograph facing p407). Martin Öyane, referring to the NE islands in the group (HA chart, 1927). Pittöen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). The outer limits of the islands were charted and their general distribution and shape sketched from the air by BGLE in 1935-36 (Rymill, 1938a, p.433-34). Pitt Islands ([referring to the SW islands in the group] Rymill, 1938a, map facing p.86; BA chart 3175, 1.iii.1940; APC, 1955, p.17; BA chart 3570, 27.ix.1957; [referring to the whole group] APC, 1959a, p.10; DOS 610 sheet W 65 64, 1959). Islas Martin, referring to the NE islands in the group (Rymill and others, 1943, map facing p.96). Islas Pitt ([referring to the SW islands in the group] Rymill and others, 1943, map facing p.96; [referring to the whole group] Chile. IHA, 1974, p.228). Islas Pitts (Chile. DNH chart LII, 1947). Pitt Öyane (Hansen, chart [no number], 1947). Islas Moyano, so called by AAE possibly after a member of the expedition (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.295). The islands were photographed from the air by FIDASE in 1956. Islas Avellaneda, so called by AAE after Nicholás Avellaneda (1837-85), President of Argentina, 1874-80 (Argentina. MM chart 130, 1957; Pierrou, 1970, p.178). Pitt Eiland (Knapp, 1958, p.582). Ostrova Pitt (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Islas Pit [sic] (Chile. DNH, 1962, p.186).

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65° 26' 00.0" S
- 65.43333°
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65° 30' 00.0" W
- 65.50000°
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Not recorded
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