Shirley Island

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Shirley Island
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 66°17′S 110°30′E / 66.283°S 110.500°E / -66.283; 110.500
Archipelago Windmill Islands
Length 1 mi (2 km)
Population 0
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Shirley Island (66°17′S 110°30′E / 66.283°S 110.500°E / -66.283; 110.500) is a rocky Antarctic island a 1-mile (1.6 km) long, lying 0.1 mi (0.16 km) north-west of the western end of Bailey Peninsula, in the Windmill Islands. Kirkby Shoal is a small shoal area with depths of less than 18 meters (20 yd) extending about 140 meters (153 yd) westwards and SSW, about 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from the summit of Shirley Island.

Shirley Island was first mapped from air photos taken by USN Operation Highjump in February 1947. It was named by the US-ACAN for Q. Shirley, chief photographer's mate on Operation Highjump photographic flights in this area and other coastal areas between 14 and 164 East longitude.

Launch Channel[edit]

Launch Channel is the narrow body of water between Bailey Peninsula and the island. The relatively shallow soundings in the channel restrict its use to smaller craft, suggesting the name.

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