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    (July 8, 1810- )
    Uninhabited islet in the Atlantic
    Located 287 miles west of the Scottish mainland, 265 miles northwest of Donegal, Ireland
    Area: 6,135 square feet (slightly less than four football endzones)
    Maximum height of 75 feet
    First landed on by a party from the British firgate Endymion (July 8, 1810)
    Formally annexed by the United Kingdom (September 18, 1955)
    Described by naturalist James Fisher as 'the smallest isolated rock or the most isolated small rock' in the world
    It is regularly washed over by large storm waves, especially in winter.
    The steamer SS Norge ran aground on a nearby reef and 635 people died (June 28, 1904).
    Britain, Ireland, Iceland and The Faeroe Islands have conflicting claims to the continental shelf around Rockall.
    Greenpeace occupied it and declared it the 'new Global State' of Waveland (1997-99).
    It was formed 55 million years ago when North America and Europe separated.
    Its annexation was Britain's last territorial expansion. (And you thought it was all downhill for the Empire after WWII!)
    Although four nations dispute the right to exploit the surrounding oceans, they all agree Britain owns the rock itself.
    The British government's response to the Greenpeace occupation was to formally grant them permission to be there, then otherwise ignore them.

Credit: C. Fishel

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