January 30, 1820 : Edward Bransfield
Turning south, Edward Bransfield crossed what is now known as the Bransfield Strait
named for him by James Weddell in 1822 and on 30 January 1820 Bransfield sighted Trinity Peninsula
, the northern most point of the Antarctic mainland. "Such was the discovery of Antarctica," writes Roland Huntford. Bransfield made a note in his log of two "high mountains, covered with snow", one of which was subsequently named Mount Bransfield
by Jules Dumont d'Urville in Bransfield's honour.
Thus was Antarctica discovered by Edward Bransfield on 30 January 1820.
Edward Bransfield was born in Ballinacurra, County Cork, Ireland, Circa 1785.
Happy be the Crew
January 30, 1820
Planxty Edward Bransfield
Music composed and arranged by Gearóid Ó Deaghaidh
Track 1. Needle Point
Track 2. Happy be the Crew
Track 3. January 30, 1820
Track 4. Planxty Edward Bransfield
Track 5. Spirit Level
Track 6. Bransfield Strait
Music composed, arranged and performed
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