Raymond Rallier du Baty

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Raymond Rallier du Baty (30 August 1881 - 7 May 1978) was a French sailor and explorer, from Lorient in Brittany, who carried out surveys of the subantarctic Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean in the early 20th century.

Rallier du Baty took part in the 1904-1907 Third French Antarctic Expedition led by Jean-Baptiste Charcot. He subsequently returned to the subantarctic with his brother Henri, charting the Kerguelen islands in 1908-1909 aboard the J. B. Charcot, subsidising their work by harvesting the southern elephant seals there for their oil. They returned again in 1913-1914 in La Curieuse to carry out further surveys. These efforts led to the publication of the first full map of the archipelago in 1922. [1][2]

Rallier du Baty is commemorated in several geographic features, including Péninsule Rallier du Baty in the Kerguelen Archipelago, and Rallier Island and Rallier Channel in the Wilhelm Archipelago of the Antarctic Peninsula.


  • 1917 - Fifteen Thousand Miles in A Ketch. Thomas Nelson and Sons: London.
  • 1946 - Dans l'ombre de Jean Charcot. Notes personnelles de R.Rallier du Baty transcrites et complètèes par Pierre Navarre. Arthaud: Paris. (In French).
  • 1991 - Aventures aux Kerguelen. Ouest France. (A French translation of Fifteen Thousand Miles in A Ketch).[3] ISBN 2-7373-0722-8


  1. ^ "French Colonies:Kerguelen Archipelago". discoverfrance.net. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Rallier du Baty. Le gentleman explorateur". Le Télégramme.com. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ "BnF catalogue général - Notice bibliographique". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 2015-03-23.