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Smith Inlet

Smith Inlet (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Smith Inlet  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 111234

Feature type: Inlet


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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between Cape Collier and Cape Boggs, Wilkins Coast, was charted as Stefansson Inlet, the feature being identified erroneously as Stefansson Sound (q.v.) and shown as an inlet opening towards the N in c. 70°20'S (USHO chart 5411, 1939; Hinks, 1943, p.30). The error arose from confusing Joerg's "major valley depression" (Joerg, 1937, map facing p.444) with "the great transverse glacier" lying N of the BGLE sledge route of November-December 1936 (Bingham Glacier, q.v.) (Bertrand and others, 1948, p.478), and resulted in an S-ward shift of features on the USHO chart. The inlet was surveyed by USAS in November-December 1940, as a result of which the previous misidentification was later recognized; called Stefanson [sic] Inlet (Ronne, 1945, map p.14) or Ensenada Clemencia (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.202 and end map); photographed from the air by RARE and surveyed from the ground by FIDS-RARE from "Stonington Island", 1947-48; named Smith Bay after Rear-Adm. Edward Hanson Smith, USCG (1889-1961), American oceanographer who assisted RARE; Leader, USCG Marion Expedition to Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay, 1928, and member, Graf Zeppelin Polar Expedition, 1931; Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1950-56 (Ronne, 1949, map p.230 and p.291). Bahía Smith (Argentina. MM chart N-"P"-1, 1952). Smith Inlet (BA chart 3175, 12.xi.1954; [co-ordinates given in error as 71°31'S 61°59'W] APC, 1955, p.19; [correctly shown] DCS 601 sheet 70 60, 1955; APC, 1958, p.6; BAS 250 sheet SR 19-20/12, 1-DOS 1976). Clifford Inlet, in error after Sir Miles Clifford (Clifford Glacier, q.v.) (Australia. DI map, 1956). Ensenada Smith (Argentina. MM chart 110, 1957; Pierrou, 1970, p.665; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.263). Zaliv Smit (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Ledyanoy Zaliv Smit (Soviet Union. AA, 1966, Pl. 24). The inlet was photographed from the air by USN in 1966. Estrecho Stefansson, as rejected name (Chile. IHA, 1974, p.263).

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70° 24' 00.0" S
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62° 05' 00.0" W
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Not recorded
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