Tickell Head

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Tickell Head ( 60°32′S45°48′W / 60.533°S 45.800°W / -60.533; -45.800 Coordinates: 60°32′S45°48′W / 60.533°S 45.800°W / -60.533; -45.800 ) is a headland forming the east side of Bridger Bay on the north coast of Coronation Island, in the South Orkney Islands. First seen in December 1821 in the course of the joint cruise by Captain Nathaniel Palmer, American sealer, and Captain George Powell, British sealer. Surveyed by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) in 1956-58 and named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1959 for William L.N. Tickell, FIDS meteorologist at Signy Island in 1955 and leader at that station in 1956.

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A headland is a coastal landform, a point of land usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends into a body of water. It is a type of promontory. A headland of considerable size often is called a cape. Headlands are characterised by high, breaking waves, rocky shores, intense erosion, and steep sea cliffs.

Bridger Bay is a semi-circular bay 2.5 nautical miles (5 km) wide, lying west of Tickell Head along the north coast of Coronation Island, in the South Orkney Islands. It was discovered in 1821 in the course of the joint cruise by Captain Nathaniel Palmer, an American sealer, and Captain George Powell, a British sealer. It was surveyed by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1956–58 and named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee for John F.D. Bridger, who participated in the survey of Coronation Island and Signy Island.

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