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Programme d'expédition Antarctique Jour 12

Friday, January 7, 2005


Drake Passage

                                    Lat. S 590 02’

                                    Lon. W 0640 04’

The Drake Passage

“We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves.  And therein we err, and greatly err.  For the animal shall not be measured by man.  In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.  They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.”

- Henry Beston, writer

In his famous circumnavigation voyage of 1577-1580 Drake came through the Strait of Magellan in a record (for the 16th Century) time of 16 days. However a terrible storm blew him south as far as Latitude 57S into what is today known as the Drake Passage. But in so doing he proved that there was a major body of water between South America and the mysterious "terra australis incognita" (unknown Southern lands). As a result of that storm, one of Drake's ships was sunk, and a second deserted and returned to England.  In his ship, the Golden Hind, he got as far as San Francisco Bay, where at the far end of the Golden Gate there is a small monument commemorating his discovery of what he called "New Albion".

0700 - 0800     Early bird breakfast available in the Explorer Lounge.

0800 - 0930     Breakfast is served in the Dining Room.

0915    Ian will be in the Magellan Lounge for “Hell Served For Breakfast; Tales of The Aurora”.

1030    Freshly made bouillon available in the Explorer Lounge.

1100    Join Ken in the Magellan Lounge for “The Gardens of Antarctica: Lichens & Their Ways”.  An interesting discussion on a plant form found widely from Antarctica to the Arctic.

1230 - 1400     Lunch will be served in the Dining Room.

1400    Colin invites you to the Magellan Lounge for Orca: King of The Sea.

1600    Tea time in the Explorer Lounge.

1700    Join us in the Magellan Lounge for: “Around Cape Horn”.  Captain Irving Johnson narrates this spectacular 1929 footage of the Peking rounding Cape Horn. (37 min)

1930 - 2100     Captain’s Farewell Dinner is served in the Dining Room. (weather permitting)

2130    Video presentation: “Wild Wild West”, staring Will Smith.

2230    Late night snacks available in the Magellan Lounge.

Did you know - Only two vascular plants -- those with vessels to circulate fluids -- live in Antarctica.  One is a grass and the other a pearlwort.  Both can tolerate cold and dry conditions.

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