King Haakon Bay
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|King Haakon Bay|
|Ocean/sea sources||Scotia Sea|
|Islands||South Georgia Island|
King Haakon Bay, or King Haakon Sound, is an inlet on the southern coast of the island of South Georgia. The inlet is approximately eight miles (13 km) long and two point five miles (4 km) wide. The inlet was named for King Haakon VII of Norway by Carl Anton Larsen, founder of Grytviken. Queen Maud Bay, named for his queen, is nearby.
Cave Cove, which forms part of the bay, is best known as the landing place of Ernest Shackleton in May 1916 as he sought help for his shipwrecked crew marooned on Elephant Island with the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. They also camped at Peggotty Bluff in the bay. Shackleton Gap, a mountain pass, connects King Haakon Bay to Possession Bay.
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