Hughes Bay

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Location of Danco Coast.

Hughes Bay is a bay lying between Cape Sterneck and Cape Murray along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.[1] It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) wide and lies south of Chavdar Peninsula and north of Pefaur (Ventimiglia) Peninsula, indenting the Danco Coast on the west side of Graham Land for 20 kilometres (12 mi).

The name has appeared on maps for over 100 years, and commemorates Edward Hughes, master of the Sprightly, a sealing vessel owned by the London whaling company Samuel Enderby & Sons, which explored in this area in 1824–25.[1][2][3]

Hughes Bay may have been site of the first landing on the Antarctic mainland, by sealers from the US sealing vessel Cecilia under Captain John Davis on February 7, 1821.[4]


The glaciers Tumba Ice Cap, Sikorsky, Mouillard, Cayley, Gregory, Breguet, Blériot, Agalina, Krapets and Zimzelen feed the bay.

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  1. ^ a b "Hughes Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  2. ^ Alberts, Fred G., ed. (June 1995). Geographic Names of the Antarctic (PDF) (second ed.). United States Board on Geographic Names. p. 352. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  3. ^ "Gazetteer - AADC". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  4. ^ Hughes Bay. SCAR Composite Antarctic Gazetteer.

Coordinates: 64°13′S 61°20′W / 64.217°S 61.333°W / -64.217; -61.333 Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document: "Hughes Bay". (content from the Geographic Names Information System)