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Bailey Point

The Story of Bailey Point

During 1995, I was at Fossil Bluff working the fuel depot. The surveyor Andy Perkins arrived and almost on arrival was injured whilst helping to move fuel drums around. Andy and his GA (General Assistant) Pete Wragg were to start a surveying project around the area of Fossil Bluff to produce new maps.

 The cover of the Fossil Bluff map Dave pictured on the cover of the Fossil Bluff map - click to see image

Due to Andy's injury he was incapable of walking up all the surrounding peaks carrying a large rucksack with all the associated equipment to do the project, so I was nominated to go in his place and Andy was to give instructions to Pete and me over the field radio.

Part of the survey took us up to Khufu Peak which was surveyed and then we were instructed to proceed to Elephant Ridge. Walking the ridge from Khufu towards Elephant Ridge we came across a large square hole which was impassable due to a sheer drop one side and a steep glaciated slope the other. After deciding to stop, the point was surveyed, and after we did this, Andy said over the radio, "What are you going to name the point?" The reply was, "Don't know!" He then asked for my surname, reply: "Bailey". "That will do fine!" said Andy.

 Bailey Window featured on a map of the Bluff Bailey Window (outlined in red dots) featured on the BAS Fossil Bluff map - click to see image

A few years later while I was on the JCR, a package arrived containing a copy of the new map and a write up that was due to appear in the official Antarctic names book. To my surprise there was not only Bailey Point but also Bailey Ridge, and now the window is called Bailey Window which I knew nothing about until this last call to Rothera - what a surprise!

Dave Bailey, Purser, RRS Ernest Shackleton