Prince Charles Strait

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Prince Charles Strait is a strait 9 km (5.6 mi) wide between Cornwallis and Elephant Islands, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. This strait was known to sealers as early as 1821, but the first record of its navigation was in 1839 by the brig Porpoise of the United States Exploring Expedition squadron under Wilkes. Soundings of the strait were made by the vessel John Biscoe and the frigate HMS Sparrow in December 1948. It was named for Charles, Prince of Wales, son of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.


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

Coordinates: 61°5′S 54°35′W / 61.083°S 54.583°W / -61.083; -54.583