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Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Cape Horn, Falklands & Tierra Del Fuego


On this virtual tour you may see: Majestic mountains dipped in snow... Crystalline waterways... Whales, seals, Soaring Andes condors... Ice-blue Glaciers that shimmer like jewels..



Mr. Charles Darwin, coming to Patagonia as naturalist on board the
H.M.S. Beagle under the command of Mr. Robert Fitz Roy, wrote on January 20th of 1833 :
"...Early in the morning we arrived at the point where the Beagle Channel divides into two arms ; and we entered the northern one. The scenery here becomes even grander than before. The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, backbone of the country and boldly rise to a height of between three and four thousand feet, with one peak above six thousand feet (This is probably refering to Mount Darwin, the highest peak in Tierra Del Fuego and capped with ice 300+ feet thick). They are covered by a mantle of perpetual snow, and numerous cascades pour their waters, through the woods, into the narrow channel below. In many parts magnificent glaciers extend from the mountain side to the water's edge. It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and specially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow. The fragments which had fallen from the glaciers into the water were floating away, and the channel with its icebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a miniature of the Polar Sea..."


Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle.


VICTORY follows is in the wake of the "Beagle"
and the almost identical Schooner, ALLEN GARDINER
in Tierra Del Fuego and traces in the footsteps of
Darwin, the missionaries, Williams, Bridges,
Sterling, Fitzroy, Gardiner and Mathews.




Sailing down the Beagle channel at sunset

 




Sailing down the Beagle channel with a rainbow


More on the Beagle Channel


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