Luke Around The World – 20100211 – Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn is the southernmost bit of South America. Many people think (as did I years ago) that Cape Horn is part of the mainland of South America, and to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific (before the opening of the Panama Canal) you had to “Round the Horn”, a dangerous passage for any kind of ship.
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The truth is that the Horn is actually a small island. South of it is the Drake Passage, but there are another two navigable shipping routes further north; the Megallanic and Beagle Channels.
The truth is that the Horn is actually a small island. South of it is the Drake Passage, but there are another two navigable shipping routes further north; the Megallanic and Beagle Channels.

The island has a memorial to all the seamen (and women) who have died in the area. It’s a diamond shaped piece of steel, with an albatross silhouette cut out of the center.
The island has a memorial to all the seamen (and women) who have died in the area. It's a diamond shaped piece of steel, with an albatross silhouette cut out of the center.

A building. It use to be used by the Chilean Navy, but now… I’m not sure who lives there now.
A building. It use to be used by the Chilean Navy, but now... I'm not sure who lives there now.

Here’s a shipping chart showing just how dangerous these waters can be (photo from 2007).
Here's a shipping chart showing just how dangerous these waters can be (photo from 2007).

Sunset over the Drake Passage.
Sunset over the Drake Passage.


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