Who was Charlie-Gibbs anyways?


Surprisingly, "Charlie Gibbs" is not a person's name. In fact the area was first named the "Charlie Fracture Zone" in 1967 after the U.S. Coast Guard’s ocean weather station "Charlie" in the area. The name "Gibbs" actually stems from the American naval ship "Josiah Willard Gibbs" that was used to execute the first extensive survey of the area. Josiah Willard Gibbs was an American theoretical physicist, chemist, and mathematician. So the name is actually a compound word – that's why Charlie-Gibbs is written with a hyphen.