Information About

Elson Lagoon

Quick Facts

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Location

71 ° 17' 6" N,
156 ° 9' 3" W

Region

North Slope

Bays

Port Moore,

Uses

Elson Lagoon in Detail.

About

Extends SE 2.5 mi from Point Barrow, between Plover Island and the mainland, Arctic Plain.

History

Named Elson's Bay by Captain Beechey (1831, p302), Royal Navy (RN), in September 1826 for Master Thomas Elson, Royal Navy (RN), of H.M.S. Blossom. Elson was placed in charge of a party sent in an open boat to explore the coast from NE of Icy Cape to Point Barrow (Beechy, p 304-321). Cmdr. Maguire (Great Britain, 1854, map facing p. 186), Royal Navy (RN), shows the name Tasuk, which is the common Eskimo generic "Tasik" for an enclosed body of water.