Southern Thule is a collection of the three southernmost islands in the South Sandwich Islands: Bellingshausen, Cook, and Thule (Morrell). An island (ˈaɪlənd or isle (/ˈaɪl/ is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water in two dimensions above high tide and isolated from other significant South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ( SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. For Bellingshausen in the Society Islands see Motu One (Society Islands. Cook Island is the central island of Southern Thule, in the South Sandwich Islands. Thule Island, also called Morrell Island, is one of the southermost of the South Sandwich Islands, part of the grouping known as Southern Thule. Southern Thule is British territory, though claimed by Argentina. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. The island group is barren, windswept, bitterly cold, and uninhabited, of no real strategic or economic value. The Admiralty's Antarctic Pilot says that Southern Thule is part of an old sunken volcano, and is covered with ash and penguin guano. The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. Plate tectonics and hotspots Divergent plate boundaries At the Volcanic ash consists of small Tephra, which are bits of pulverized rock and glass created by volcanic eruptions less than in diameter Penguins ( order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless Birds living almost Guano (from the Quechua 'wanu' via Spanish) is the Feces of Seabirds Bats and seals There are seals, petrels, and a bank of kelp just offshore, especially around a small inlet on Morrell called Ferguson Bay. Pinnipeds ("fin-feet" lit "winged feet" or fin-footed mammals are a widely distributed and diverse group of semi-aquatic marine Mammals comprising This article is about the petrel seabirds For other uses see Petrel (disambiguation. Kelp are large Seaweeds ( Algae) belonging to the Brown algae and classified in the order Laminariales Ferguson Bay is a small inlet on the Southern Thule isle of Morrell.
Southern Thule was given its name because it must have seemed to its discoverers at very much the extreme end of the world (see Ultima Thule). Thule (ˈθuːli; Greek Θούλη Thoulē; also called Thile, Tile, Tilla, Toolee, or Tylen) is in
In November 1976 -- a party from the Argentine Air Force landed on Morrell, and - without informing the British Government - constructed a small military base complete with barracks, and a small concrete helicopter landing pad. The Argentine Air Force ( Fuerza Aérea Argentina or FAA) is the national aviation branch of the Armed forces of Argentina. They set up a weather station, a radio station, and a flagpole from which the Argentine Flag flew. All this was done at the direction of the Argentine Government in order to back up their territorial claim on the South Sandwich Islands. The base was named Corbeta Uruguay. Corbeta Uruguay was the Argentine military outpost established in November 1976 on the island of Morrell, Southern Thule, in the South Sandwich Islands
It was not until December 1976 that the British discovered what had happened. The Argentine action, which was nothing less than a military invasion (and occupation) of sovereign British territory, became the subject to a number of official British protests, the first of them on 19 January 1977. Events 1419 - Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Arrangements to legitimize the station were discussed in 1978 but failed. More than a year was to go by before word of the occupation of Southern Thule was to leak out to the public. The then Prime Minister, James Callaghan, ruled out sending in the Royal Marines to end the occupation, preferring diplomacy. This article is about the government position For other uses see Prime Minister (disambiguation. Leonard James Callaghan Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC (27 March 1912 – 26 March 2005 was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 This unwillingness to project force, plus the British Government's intention to cut back the British military presence in the Antarctic for financial reasons, led the Argentine Government to believe that they could successfully occupy and annex the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, which they attempted in April 1982, sparking the Falklands War. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ( SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The Falklands War (Guerra de las Malvinas/Guerra del Atlántico Sur also called the Falklands Conflict/Crisis, was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the
The Argentine presence remained on Southern Thule until six days after the Falklands War had ended. On June 20, 1982, several British warships landed Royal Marines and the Argentine garrison, outnumbered and outgunned, surrendered and handed over their weapons. Events 451 - Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius ' defeats Attila the Hun. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar)
After the surrender, Southern Thule was left deserted, but six months later, a passing British warship noticed that the Union Flag had been taken down from the flagpole at the deserted base and the flag of Argentina run up in its place. The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. When word of this reached London, the military was ordered to destroy all buildings on Southern Thule, leaving Corbeta Uruguay unfit for prolonged habitation. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. By Christmas 1982, the barrack block, mess room, and meteorological station were reduced to a pile of concrete rubble, leaving only a small hut stocked with emergency supplies and the flagpole, which was last seen flying the Union Flag.