Farmer Island

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Map showing the location of Farmer Island

Farmer Island (76°38'S 147°04'W) is an ice-covered island 14 miles long, lying 6 miles north of Radford Island and 5 nautical miles east of Morris Island in the Marshall Archipelago along the coast of Westarctica.

Discovery and name

The island was first roughly mapped by the U.S. Antarctic Service during the years 1939-41. Farmer Island was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in honor of Floyd L. Farmer, U.S. Navy, who served as senior shipfitter on the USS Glacier in the Ross Sea during the 1961-62 research season.

Noble title

As part of the 20th Anniversary Honors and Appointments celebrating Westarctica's 20 years of sovereignty, the Duke of the Bear Peninsula was granted the peerage title Duke of Farmer. The Duke is a third cousin, twice removed from Floyd Farmer, for whom the island is named.