later that evening, on our way to Ushuaia we witness a magnificent sunset
here comes the pilot
or Isla Hornos is the most southern island of Tierra del Fuego.
Untill the opening of the Panama Canal in
1914 ships traveling between the east and west coast of America had to round the Cape and negotiate the dangerous waters
of the Drake Passage
where the Atlantic meets the Pacific.
Many souls and ships were lost in fierce storms, high waves
and icebergs that are the hallmark of the Drake Passage.
To honor all the sailors that perished rounding Cape Horn, theAlbatross Memorial
was erected in 1992.
There is a small Chilean marine outpost that provides a pilot service for ships
to the Beagle Channel and operates the lighthouse.
Under poor photographic but calm weather conditions we circumnavigated
Cape Horn counterclockwise in the evening of February 28th 2008.
The many rocky outcrops reminded us how dangerous these waters
can be in real bad weather.
at 5 PM we get a first sight of Cape Horn
some people think these horns gave the cape its name, but actually it is named after the Dutch town of Hoorn
the Anna Margaretha, a Dutch ship is also rounding the Cape
the Chilean navy station, we have to wait for the pilot
the lighthouse is part of the navy station
the Albatross monument, erected in 1992, honors the seamen that lost their lives rounding the cape
the west side is particularly treasurous
the "horns" seen from the north-west
rounding Cape Horn