Wellesley Glacier, College Fjord

Wellesley Glacier, College Fjord

by | Nov 7, 2018

Wellesley Glacier is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and terminates in a lagoon on the west bank of College Fjord, Prince William Sound, Alaska. It was named for Wellesley College in Massachusetts by members of the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition.

College Fjord was discovered during the Harriman Expedition, and now contains five tidewater glaciers (glaciers that terminate in seawater), five large valley glaciers, and dozens of smaller glaciers. Members of the Harriman Expedition whimsically named the glaciers after renowned U.S. east coast colleges, with women’s colleges on the northwest side, and men’s colleges on the southeast side.

Prince William Sound is on the Gulf of Alaska, located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. Captain James Cook entered the Sound in 1778 and named it Sandwich Sound, after his patron the Earl of Sandwich. The sound was renamed in 1778 to honor the son of King George III, Prince William Henry, then aged 13 and serving as a midshipman in the Royal Navy. Read more here and here. Explore more of Wellesley Glacier and College Fjord here:

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