Royal Bay

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Royal Bay and South Georgia Island as seen from orbit
Royal Bay can be seen on Cook's South-Up map

Royal Bay is a bay, 6 km (3.7 mi) wide and indenting 8 km (5.0 mi), entered between Cape Charlotte and Cape Harcourt along the north coast of South Georgia.[1]

Like other parts of the archipelago, many birds breed here, including king penguins, gentoo penguins, and blue-eyed cormorants.


Royal Bay was discovered and named by a British expedition under James Cook in 1775.[2]

In 1882 a German group of the International Polar Year Investigations expedition under Schrader was sent out to observe the transit of Venus was stationed at Royal Bay. They were based on the north shore of the bay in 1882–83. The group came in on the steam corvette SMS Moltke which was the first powered vessel to reach South Georgia. Moltke Harbour, a one-mile wide bay on the northwest side of Royal Bay is named after it.[3]

See also[edit]


  • Stonehouse, B (ed.) Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans (2002, ISBN 0-471-98665-8)
  1. ^ Bicheno, Hugh (2006) Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War. London. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0-7538-2186-2
  2. ^ USGS GNIS: Royal Bay
  3. ^ USGS GNIS: Moltke Harbour

Coordinates: 54°32′S 36°0′W / 54.533°S 36.000°W / -54.533; -36.000