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Watkins Island

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 111842

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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one of the largest of the Biscoe Islands (q.v.), separated from Lavoisier Island by Lewis Sound, following survey by BGLE in 1935-36, was named Mikkelsen Island after Kapt. E. Mikkelsen (Mikkelsen Bay, q.v.) (Rymill, 1938a, map facing p.496; BA, 1948, p.206; chart 3196, 12.xi.1948). The personnel of USAS "East Base" were evacuated to this island by Condor aircraft (Condor Peninsula, q.v.), which landed on the ice cap, 22 March 1941; they were then taken off the island by USS Bear and the aircraft was abandoned (English, 1941, p.477; USHO, 1943, p.149). Isla Mikkelsen (Argentina. IGM map, 1946). Isla Isidoro Errázuriz, so called by CAE after Isidoro Errázuriz (1835-98), Founder of the Chilean newspaper La Patria (Orrega Vicuña, 1948, p.201 and end map). In order to avoid possible confusion with Mikkelsen Islands (q.v.), the present feature was later renamed Watkins Island after Henry George ("Gino") Watkins (1907-32), British Arctic explorer; Leader of expeditions to Edge Island (Svalbard), 1927, Labrador, 1928-29, and of BAARE, 1930-31, who made the original plan for BGLE in 1932 but failed to get financial support in that year; he was drowned in Tugtulik (Lake Fjord) near Angmaggssalik on a second expedition to East Greenland, 20 August 1932 (BA chart 3570, 1952; APC, 1955, p.22; DCS 601 sheet 66 66, 1955; BA chart 3570, 29.ix.1961). Isla Watkins (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.295; Pierrou, 1970, p.723; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.299). An Argentine refuge hut was established on a small island between the present feature and Belding Island, 29 February 1956 (Thomas, 1957b, p. 524), and called "Refugio Aeronaval Capitán Estivariz" (Argentina. MM, 1957b, p.154) or "Refugio Capitán Estivariz" (Argentina. MM, 1957b, p.154; Pierrou, 1970, p.236), after Capt. (C) Eduardo Aníbal Estivariz (d.1961), of the Argentine Navy, who contributed to the success of the Argentine revolution of 1955 and who was killed in an aircraft accident. Isola Mikkelsen (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). Watkins Eiland (Knapp, 1958, p.588). Ostrov Uotkins (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961).

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66° 22' 00.0" S
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67° 05' 00.0" W
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Not recorded
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