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Old 06-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #286
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In his book Voyage to Desolation Island, Jean-Pierre Kauffman relates how an inlet on the coast of Grand Isle, the largest of 300 islands which make up the Kerguelen archipelago (aka 'The Desolation Islands') is called Bras Baudissin. There is also a Baudissin Glacier on Heard Island, an even bleaker rock somewhere in the Antarctic Ocean, south and east of the Kerguelins, which are situated in the roaring forties, bottom of the Indian Ocean but not quite down in the Antarctic.

A lot of islands, lakes, hills etc on the Kergulens and on Heard Island collected German names from members of the German Antarctic Expedition of 1901 to 1903. Come the First World War, the French authorities went through their rudimentary maps, many of them created by the German Antarctic Expedition, and sedulously re-named everywhere they saw labelled with a German name; but it seems that Admiral Count Friedrich von Baudissin of the Imperial German Navy was of French Huegenot ancestry and his name slipped past the censors.
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