Franklin Island (Antarctica)
Location in Antarctica
|Length||13 km (8.1 mi)|
|Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System|
Franklin Island is an island 13 kilometres (7 nmi) long, lying in the Ross Sea about 130 kilometres (80 mi) east of Cape Hickey, Victoria Land. It was discovered on January 27, 1841 by James Clark Ross, and named for Sir John Franklin, the noted Arctic explorer, who as Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) had royally entertained the expedition on its way south at Hobart in 1840.
Though located just 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Beaufort Island and appearing at first glance to be part of the same group, Franklin Island is not usually considered to be part of the Ross Archipelago.
Bernacchi Head (British Antarctic Expedition, 1898–1900, for Louis C. Bernacchi, a member of the expedition. The generic name has been changed to "Head" by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names to avoid duplication with Cape Bernacchi on the coast of Victoria Land.) is a precipitous cliff forming the southern extremity of Franklin Island. It was named "Cape Bernacchi" by the
The Franklin Shoals (shoals close to Franklin Island.) are
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