Powell Island

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

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

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Place ID: 11544
Name ID: 110697

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 South Orkney Islands, separated from Coronation Island to the W by Lewthwaite Strait, and from Laurie Island to the E by Washington Strait, was roughly charted by Powell and Palmer in December 1821 and shown correctly as a single island (Powell, chart, 1822a); further charted, 1822-24, as two islands by Weddell who applied the names Cruchleys Island and Dibdins Island to the S and N parts respectively (Weddell, 1825a, map facing p.25). Crutchleys [sic] Insel, Dibdins Insel, referring to the S and N parts respectively (Weddell, 1827, second end map). The island was further charted by FAE, 1837-40, in 1838. Powel [sic] Islands, as two islands named after the co-discoverer Capt. George Powell (1795-1824), Master of the sealing ship Eliza (Eliza Rocks, q.v.), in which he visited the South Shetland Islands, 1820-21, and of the sloop Dove, in which he also visited the South Shetland Islands and, in company with the sloop James Monroe (Capt. N. B. Palmer), discovered and charted the South Orkney Islands, 1821-22 (BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839). IÎle Powell, as one island with a narrow isthmus in the middle (Vincendon-Dumoulin, atlas, 1847, Pl. 43; Nordenskjöld and others, 1904c, map p.72-73). Powell Inseln, as two islands (Petermann, map, 1867). Powell Islands, as two islands (USHO chart 1132, 1894; BA, 1916, p.411; chart 1240, 23.iv.1926). The island was further charted by SNAE. Powell Island, as one island (Bruce and others, chart, [1903a]; BA chart 1775, 17.viii.1934; APC, 1955, p.17). Powell Öarna, as two islands (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904a, Del. 2, end map). Dibdin Island, as one island (Brown and others, 1906, p.73). Islas Powell, as two islands (Riso Patron S., 1908, p.11). The island was further charted by Sørlle, 1912-13. Powel [sic] Island, as one island (Sørlle and Borge, chart, 1913). Isla Powell (Argentina. MM chart 31, 1930; Pierrou, 1970, p.600). Powell Öya (Sørlle, chart, [1930]). The island was recharted by DI in 1933. Groupe Powell, presumably including Christoffersen Island and Fredriksen Island (France. SHM, 1937, p.388). IÎle Powel (France. SHM chart 1148, 1947). Powell Eiland (Knapp, 1958, p.583). Ostrov Povell (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). In 1967 the S end of the island, S of 60°43'S, was designated as part of SPA No. 15 under the Antarctic Treaty (FO, 1967, p.9).

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60° 41' 00.0" S
- 60.68333°
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45° 03' 00.0" W
- 45.05000°
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Not recorded
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