Around the Horn

Trip Start Dec 07, 2007
Trip End Dec 25, 2007

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Last night, as we were getting ready for bed, we finally saw land again.  The end of Argentina has come out to greet us as we near the Straits of Magellan and Cape Horn. 

We awoke around 4:30 this morning as the ship began to slow.  There are tiny rocks of islands out our window and we must be nearing the Horn.  At 5:30, we sail past an island with an albatross monument, flagpole and cairn, marking the southernmost part of the South American continent.  The captain has come on to relate some information about the cape and then swing the boat around to sail back past the island offering a view to the port-side passengers.

At 8:00 am, we participated in the 'Rounding the Horn' ceremony, where seawater from the Cape is poured over your head.  According to traditional sailing vessels, sailors were now allowed to wear a gold ring in their left ear.  They could get one for their right ear when they rounded the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. 

We are now headed up to the Beagle Channel and on to Ushuaia.
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