Candlemas Island

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Candlemas Island
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South Sandwich Islands
Coordinates57°05′S 26°39′W / 57.083°S 26.650°W / -57.083; -26.650
Highest elevation550 m (1,800 ft)
Highest pointMount Andromeda
United Kingdom

Candlemas Island is a small uninhabited island of the Candlemas Islands in the South Sandwich Islands. It lies about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Vindication Island, separated by the Nelson Channel.

On the northwest flank of the island is an active stratovolcano, Lucifer Hill, that showed signs of activity in 1911 and glowing lava flows during 1953–1954. Mount Andromeda and Mount Perseus are both glacier-covered peaks on the island. Mount Andromeda is the island's highest point, with an elevation of 550 metres (1,804 ft).

The island's southeast point is called Shrove Point (57°4′S 26°39′W / 57.067°S 26.650°W / -57.067; -26.650). It was named by Discovery Investigations personnel on the Discovery II because they charted it on Shrove Tuesday, March 4, 1930.[1]

Candlemas Island is the setting of a novel by Ian Cameron, The White Ship (1975), which tells of a disastrous expedition to the island in 1975 where members of the expedition must contend with ghosts of Spaniards shipwrecked on the island in 1818.

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  1. ^ "Shrove Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-07-28.