"Welcome to Rockall" The Rock by msforbes
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Rockall is located 57°35’48”N 13°41’19”W
It's in the middle of the Atlantic betwean Ireland and Iceland. It is tiny: only 19m high, 25m across and 30m wide.
Teritorial claims to the island come from the U.K., Ireland, Iceland and Denmark. Most recently Greenpeace has staked its claim, calling it Waveland.
The British originally claimed ownership on Rockall in 1955. A number of 'annexation' forces actually climbed the rock to rubber-stamp the territorial claim. The UK Government subsequently passed an Act of Parliament in 1971 incorporating Rockall into Invernesshire in Scotland. They followed this by installing a navigational beacon on the island, and declaring that no craft would be allowed within 50 miles of the rock2. This prompted a fierce diplomatic fight where the status of Rockall as an island was put into question. Enter John Ridgeway and SAS man Tom McLean who, at separate times in the 1980s, climbed the rock and stayed there for one month, thus apparently validating Rockall's right to be an island, and therefore to be a sovereign part of British territory.
In 1994 Rockall made the news because because Greenpeace landed on it as a protest against the old drilling etc and attempted to claim Rockall as its own property by dint of staying on the rock longer than anyone else in history (42 days). Greenpeace protesters Al and Peter replaced the navigational beacon with a solar-powered one and declared Rockall the sovereign territory of Waveland, announcing that it was now, 'two steps closer to freedom from oil development and industrialisation'. The status of Rockall remains unresolved to the present day.
- Pros:Very good fishing and oil prospects
- Cons:It's very difficult to get on, and once you're on you stay on.
- In a nutshell:I'm looking to emigrate
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