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Programme d'expédition Antarctique Jour 14

Sunday, January 9, 2005

Ushuaia                       Lat. S 540 48’

                                    Lon. W 0680 18’

Ushuaia, Argentina on the Beagle Channel

In memories we were rich.  We had pierced the veneer of outside things.  We had suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.  We had seen god in his splendour, heard the text that nature renders.  We had reached the naked soul of man.

 - Sir Ernest Shackleton

On the Beagle Channel at the foot of the Marital Mountains, Ushuaia is the southernmost city of Argentina, and indeed the world.  Ushuaia (about 30,000 inhabitants) is an interesting place with a long history of European presence and settlement.  Captain Fitzroy of the H.M.S. Beagle had been here on his first mapping voyage (before Darwin joined him), and had brought back to England four Yahgan indigenous people in a well-meaning but unfortunate attempt to educate and Christianize them.  A few years later Charles Darwin himself sailed these waters on the Beagle in his 1831-36 voyage.  British missionaries settled the city of Ushuaia in 1870, and it was an important English outpost.  The Bridges family settled there during these years, and Thomas Bridges wrote the original dictionary of the Yahgan language.  Descendants of the Bridges still run a large "estancia" (ranch) at nearby Harberton.  In 1884 the Argentine government, which was growing alarmed at the strong British presence in Tierra del Fuego, expelled many of the English missionaries and set up a naval base and prison colony at Ushuaia.  For many years afterwards these were the two main activities in the city, although a modest lumber and sheep industry also prospered in the vicinity.

0600       General Wake Up!

0630       Breakfast is served in the dining room.

0630       Please place all Check-in luggage outside your cabin door by this time.

All luggage will be transferred to the dock for your collection and transported to their respective locations.


Please see the Purser between 0600 and 0800 for final settlement of accounts

and please return all books to the Library before departure.

Please listen for announcements pertaining to YOUR departure from the ship.

0745       Disembarkation for those passengers leaving directly for the airport.

0800       All remaining passengers to disembark at this time.

On Behalf of GAP Adventures and the Explorer Team, we thank you for joining

us on this expedition to the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula.

Have a safe journey home.

Brad Rhees                                                                                      Captain Kenth Grankvist

Expedition Leader                                                                                        Master, MS Explorer

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

Lao Tsu

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