Desolation Island, South Shetland Islands

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Desolation Island

South Shetland Islands
(British Antarctic Territory)

Desolation Island and Blythe Bay

Desolation Island in the South Shetland Islands

Location: 62°27’28"S, 60°20’48"W
Area: 770 acres

Desolation Island is one of the minor islands of the South Shetland Islands, part of the British Antarctic Territory. It lies at the entrance to Hero Bay on Livingston Island.

The island is V-shaped with its northern coast deeply indented. Its surface area is 1.2 square miles.[1]

The island was discovered on 15 October 1819 by Captain William Smith in the British merchant brig Williams during his second visit to the islands. Smith had earlier discovered the South Shetland Islands, and today Smith Island in the group is named after him.

The anchorage Blythe Bay at the southeast side of Desolation Island was frequented by the early nineteenth century British and American sealers.


The island lies five and a half miles west of Williams Point and six miles north-northeast of Siddins Point. British mapping was carried out in 1820 and 1968, and Bulgarian mapping in 2005 and 2009.

Outside links


  1. L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4
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