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Rasmussen Island

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 110801

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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on NE side of entrance to Waddington Bay, Graham Coast. Following survey by BeAE, 12 February 1898, the name Cap Rasmussen was applied to the NE entrance point of the bay (Lecointe, map, 1899; 1900a, map facing p.132). The feature was not named, as formerly believed, after K.J.V. Rasmussen (Rasmussen Peninsula, q.v.), who was only 19 years old at the time, but may have been named after Jens Erik Carl Rasmussen (1841-93), Danish painter who visited Greenland in 1870 and in other years, who was drowned in the North Atlantic, 1 October 1893, and who may have been known to Dr F.A. Cook of BeAE (Cook Summit, q.v.) (Gilberg, 1983, p.504). Cape Rasmussen (Cook, 1900, map p.xx; APC, 1955, p.17). Sommet Rasmussen (Charcot, 1910, map p.266). Cabo Rasmussen (Argentina. IGM map, 1946; Pierrou, 1970, p.617; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.238). Air photography by FIDASE, 1956-57, gave rise to uncertainty as to the exact location of the feature originally named by BeAE, and the name of Rasmussen was transferred to the present feature. Rasmussen Island (APC, 1959a, p.10; BA chart 3572, 12.viii.1960). Islote Rasmussen (Chile. DNH, 1962, p.178). "Cape Rasmussen", referring to the site of a cross and plaque dedicated, 9 February 1977, in memory of three members of BAS from Faraday who were lost following an ascent of Mount Peary (q.v.), 6 September 1976 (BAS, 1977b, p.5). A BAS refuge hut was established on the island in February 1985.

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65° 15' 00.0" S
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64° 06' 00.0" W
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Not recorded
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