Eddystone Rock, Falkland Islands

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Eddystone Rock
Roca Remolinos
Former name: Isla (la) Concha
Island
Eddystone Rock within the Falkland Islands
Eddystone Rock within the Falkland Islands
Coordinates: 51°07′S 59°02′W / 51.11°S 59.03°W / -51.11; -59.03Coordinates: 51°07′S 59°02′W / 51.11°S 59.03°W / -51.11; -59.03
Country  Falkland Islands
Named for Spanish: Eddies Rock
Highest elevation 44 m (144 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 0
Time zone FKST (UTC−3)
If shown, area and population ranks are for all islands and all inhabited islands in the Falklands respectively.

Eddystone Rock (Spanish: Roca Remolinos, meaning "Eddies Rock") is a rock and reef located to the north of Falkland Sound in the Falkland Islands. It is 44 m (144 ft) high. There is a lighthouse here, which is named after a more famous light of the same name in England.

History[edit]

Some of the first people to sight the rock were the crew of Louis Antoine de Bougainville's ship, who named it the "Tower of Bissy".[1]

Lieut. Lowcay during his 1837 survey of the Falkland Islands noted in his journal:

"Sunday, 10 Dec...At 8 a.m. observed the Eddystone; this remarkable rock lies off the entrance of Falkland Sound and making it from the eastward it has the appearance of a round island, and from the westward it looks like a sail."[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cawkell, p22
  2. ^ Southby-Tailyour

References[edit]

  • Cawkell, Mary The History of the Falkland Islands (Anthony Nelson, Oswestry, Shropshire, England, 2001, ISBN 0-904614-55-7)
  • Southby-Tailyour, Ewen - Falkland Island Shores
  • Toponymy of Falklands