Cape Nome

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 64 ° 26' 15" N, 165 ° 0' 23" W
  • Region: Nome (CA)
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  • Elevation: 449 ft (136.86 m)


on Norton Sound, 12 mi. SW of Nome and 20 mi. SW of Solomon, Seward Peninsula High.

Name "M(ys) Tolstoy," meaning "blunt" or "broad" in 1833 by Captain M.D. Tebenkov, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN). The 1852 Russian Hydrographic Dept. Chart 1455 shows "M(ys) Sredniy (tolstyy)" or "Cape Middle (broad)." "C(ape) Nome" appears on the 1853 British Admiralty (Brit. Adm.) Chart 2172. Its origin is generally attributed to an Admiralty draftsman's misinterpretation of "?" name" annotated on a manuscript chart constructed on board the H.M.S. Herald about 1850=1852. The "?" mark was taken as a "C" and the "a" was thought to be an "o." This is the explanation given by the Chief Cartographer of the British Admiralty in 1900.



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