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Cape Shirreff

Shirreff, Cape (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Cape Shirreff  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 111160

Feature type: Cape


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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W entrance point of Hero Bay, N Livingston Island, was roughly charted by Bransfield, 17 January 1820, and named Shirreffs Cape after Capt. (later Rear-Adm.) William Henry Shirreff, RN (1785-1847), Senior Naval Officer, West Coast of South America, 1817-21, who had despatched Bransfield (Master in his flagship HMS Andromache) to investigate the new discoveries reported by Smith in February 1819 (Bransfield, chart, [1820b]). In subsequent usage the name was frequently miss-spelt. Sheriffs Cape (Burdick, 1820-21, 25 January 1821). Shireff Cape, Shireffs Cape (Palmer, 1820-21, 30 November and 15 December 1820). Cape Sherif (Fildes, 1821c). Cape Sheriff (Fildes, 1821c; Weddell, 1825a, map facing p.132). Sheriff Cape (Fildes, 1821c). Cape Sherriff (Fildes, 1821c; BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; Carey and Nelson, 1931b). Sherriffs Cape (Fildes, 1821c). Cape Shireff (Bone, 1821, p.691). Sheriff's Cape (Davis, 1821-22, 31 December 1821; BA chart [no number], 1822). Sherifs Cape (Davis, 1821-22, 24 December 1821). Cape Shirreff (Powell, chart, 1822a; BA chart 3205,; 27.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.19; BA chart 1776, 19.vii.1968). Cap Sheriff (Eyriès and Malte-Brun, 1823, map facing p.237). Cap Shireff (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5). Kap Sheriff (Fildes, 1827, p.447). Cape Shiriff (Biscoe, 1830-33b, 3 March 1832). Cabo Shirreff (Spain. DH chart 458, 1861; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.258). Cabo Chirreff [sic] (Riso Patron S., 1908, end map). Shirreff's Cape (Gould, 1925, map facing p.280). Kapp Shirreff (HA chart, 1928). The cape was recharted by DI, 1930-31. Cap Shirreff (France. SHM, 1937, p.396). Cabo Giralt, so called by AAE probably after a member of the expedition (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.219). Mys Shorriffa (Aleyner, 1955, p.86). The cape was photographed from the air by FIDASE, 1956-57. Cabo General Alvarado, so called by AAE after Gen. Rudecindo Alvarado (1792-1872), Argentine soldier who fought in the War of Independence (Argentina. MM chart 127, 1957; Pierrou, 1970, p.387). Capo Shirreff (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). Mys Shirreff (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Mys Sherreff (Soviet Union. AA, 1966, Pl.24). In 1967 the ice-free area in the vicinity of the cape was designated SPA No. 11 under the Antarctic Treaty (FO, 1967, p.7).

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62° 27' 33.7" S
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60° 47' 32.9" W
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Not recorded
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