Peggotty Bluff

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Peggotty Camp
Location of Peggotty Camp in Antarctica
Location of Peggotty Camp in Antarctica
Peggotty Camp
Location of Peggotty Camp in Antarctica
Coordinates: 54°08′50″S 37°17′04″W / 54.147146°S 37.284479°W / -54.147146; -37.284479Coordinates: 54°08′50″S 37°17′04″W / 54.147146°S 37.284479°W / -54.147146; -37.284479
Location in AntarcticaPeggotty Bluff
King Haakon Bay
South Georgia Island
Administered byImperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Established1916 (1916)

Peggotty Bluff or Peggotty Camp, is a bluff on the north side and near the head of King Haakon Bay, South Georgia.


In 1916, Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition party from Elephant Island established a camp, using the upturned James Caird near the head of King Haakon Bay which they called Peggotty Camp, after the Peggotty family in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield who lived in a home made from a beached boat.[1] While they were waiting in this location, Henry McNish took screws from the boat and put them in the crew's shoes in order that they could walk across ice more easily.

During the South Georgia Survey, 1955-56, King Haakon Bay was surveyed and the approximate position of the camp deduced. The name Peggotty Bluff was given to the feature now described, which is close to the ITAE campsite.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Peggotty Bluff" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).

  • Shackleton, Ernest (1985) [1919]. South. London: Century. ISBN 0-7126-0111-2.
  1. ^ Shackleton, p. 191