Lat. S 540 48’
Lon. W 0680
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
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.
see the Purser between 0600 and 0800 for final settlement of accounts
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.
Captain Kenth Grankvist
Master, MS Explorer
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with
a single step”