This page presents the geographical name data for Traversay Islands in Antarctica, as supplied by the US military intelligence in electronic format, including the geographic coordinates and place name in various forms, latin, roman and native characters, and its location in its respective country's administrative division.
Feature Name (see definition): Traversay Islands
Feature Class (see definition): Island
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 15484
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
56° 36' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
027° 43' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -56.6
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -27.7166667
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1963
Description (see definition): Group of three islands, consisting of Zavodovski, Leskov, and Visokoi Islands, at the N end of the South Sandwich Islands. The group was discovered in 1819 by a Russian expedition under Bellingshausen, who named them for Jean-Baptiste Prevost de Sansac, Marquis de Traversay (1754-1831), French naval officer who was sent by King Louis XVI, at the request of Empress Catherine II, to join the Russian navy in 1791. He was Minister of Naval Affairs at St. Petersburg, 1811-31, and chief promoter of Bellingshausen's Antarctic voyage. The name was previously transliterated as Traverse because it was incorrectly thought that the man commemorated was a Russian.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data