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The Time In South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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What is the time in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands?

These remote and inhospitable sub–Antarctic islands are a British overseas territory. All those who live in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are essentially scientists, researchers and/or government workers.

To ensure accuracy of information, Time Genie contacted the British Antarctic Survey. On January 18, 2005, an official confirmed that South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands use the GMT -2 time zone all year with no use of daylight saving time. The only exception to this rule is Bird Island which uses the GMT 0 time zone all year and again without the use of daylight saving time.

To further ensure accuracy Time Genie contacted the British Antarctic Survey once again. On October 9, 2013, the time zones used by South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands along with Bird Island were confirmed once again.

Essentially, all of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is GMT -2. This includes Grytviken, King Edward Point and Leith Harbour. Bird Island which is GMT 0 is the exception to this rule.


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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands lie approximately 1,000 kilometers east of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and more specifically in the Scotia Sea.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have been under British administration since 1908, except for a brief period in 1982 when Argentina occupied them. Grytviken, on South Georgia, was a 19th and early 20th century whaling station.

Famed explorer Ernest Shackleton stopped there in 1914 en route to his ill–fated attempt to cross Antarctica on foot. He returned some 20 months later with a few companions in a small boat and arranged a successful rescue for the rest of his crew, stranded off the Antarctic Peninsula. He died in 1922 on a subsequent expedition and is buried in Grytviken.

Today, the station houses scientists from the British Antarctic Survey. The islands have large bird and seal populations, and, recognizing the importance of preserving the marine stocks in adjacent waters, the UK, in 1993, extended the exclusive fishing zone from 12 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles around each island.

Did You know? Hawaii Was Known as The Sandwich Islands

Did you knowThe Hawaiian Islands were once known as the Sandwich Islands.

In the 1770's, Captain Cook named the islands in honour of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and at the time, First Lord of the Admiralty — John Montagu was a strong advocate of Captain Cook. The British influence can still be seen in the flag of Hawaii which has the Union Jack appearing in the top right corner.

Interestingly, Cook originally named Manuae Atoll as Sandwich Island but renamed it Hervey Island when he decided to give the name to the Hawaiian Islands.

At the time, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was well respected because South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are also named in his honour. But notice how the word South is added before the word Sandwich to differentiate South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from the Sandwich Islands in the north now known as Hawaii.

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