This is the Navy weatherman who will spend 12 months at this post with his wife and two children (ages 11 and 5). Chile occupies and mans this post as a sign of sovereignty over Cape Horn. In 1978, the country nearly went to war with Argentina over three nearby islands - only an intervention by the Pope relieved hostilities.
January 29, 2016, Cape Horn will celebrate the 400th anniversary of its discovery with a list from the President of Chile and the Queen of Holland. Twenty Navy workers will arrive on January 4 to begin a month long spruce-up of the boardwalks and visitation sites. It will be a great day at the Horn!
while rounding the Horn.
This is my last posting for the first of two voyages to Antarctica. We have just left Ushuaia Argentina for the last time this season and will now head south into the Drake Passage once again. This second trip has a slightly different itinerary - after five days in the Peninsula, we will also visit Elephant Island, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Be sure to follow this blog between now and January 22 when we put in to port at Puerto Madryn Argentina.