The British Antarctic Expedition, 1907–09, under Ernest Shackleton, unloaded supplies at Backdoor Bay for use at their winter headquarters on Cape Royds. It was so named by them because it lies at the back (east) side of Cape Royds, opposite the small cove on the west side of the cape, known to them as "Front Door Bay".
Antarctic Specially Protected Area
The area is protected as Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No.157 because of its historical associations and artefacts. It contains Shackleton's Hut, built in February 1908, as well as stables, kennels, a latrine, a garage for what was the first motor vehicle in Antarctica, an instrument shelter, supply depots and a rubbish site.
- "Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island". Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 157: Measure 2, Annex J. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Backdoor Bay" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).
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