Scratch My Arse Rock

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Scratch My Arse Rock, (also known as Kiss Me Arse Rock),[1] is a popular fishing location off the coast of Palmerston Island,[2] an atoll belonging to the Cook Islands archipelago. The rock's name was reputedly conferred by William Marsters,[3] the 19th-century progenitor of the Marsters family, which continues to inhabit and administer Palmerston Island today. The waters off Scratch My Arse Rock are noted for their abundance of parrotfish.

Geographical data for the rock is available from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at Bethesda, Maryland, United States, to be found at Geographical Names.[4]


  1. ^ Nash, Joshua (2016-04-02). "One Man is an Island: the speech community William Marsters begat on Palmerston Island". The Journal of Pacific History (Book Review). 51 (2): 223–225. doi:10.1080/00223344.2016.1181858 – via Taylor & Francis. (Subscription required (help)). ...along with other humorous narrations, the author tells about ‘Kiss Me Arse Rock’, also known as ‘Scratch My Arse Rock’. The name of this popular fishing location off the coast of Palmerston Island was reputedly conferred by William Marsters. 
  2. ^ Queen's Baton Relay: Finding part of the West Country in the Pacific (Article from BBC News, December 10, 2013)
  3. ^ We're always asking for it (Article from Cook Islands News, February 14, 2010)
  4. ^ Geographical Names

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Coordinates: 18°03′01″S 163°11′20″W / 18.050399°S 163.188892°W / -18.050399; -163.188892