Spaulding Peninsula

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Map of the Spaulding Peninsula

The Spaulding Peninsula (74°26′S 116°0′W) is a low ice-covered peninsula west of the Martin Peninsula, extending 7 nautical miles (13 km) into the Getz Ice Shelf between the Brennan Inlet and the Sweeny Inlet on the Bakutis Coast of Westarctica.

Discovery and name

It was mapped by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) using surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photographs from 1959-67. The peninsula was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in 1977 after PRC Richard L. Spaulding, U.S. Navy, parachute-rescue team leader for Operation Deep Freeze 1977, during which he made his 1,000th career jump over the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. He made over 110 Antarctic jumps during his nine Deep Freeze seasonal deployments through 1977.

Peerage title

On 7 May 2024, Jeanette Byorick was granted the peerage title Duchess of Spaulding in recognition of her support of Westarctica. Her Grace's title is so-named for the Spaulding Peninsula.