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Mar 30, 2018 - Docked at Ushuia

After crossing the Beagle Channel, named for Darwin’s boat The Beagle, Our captain must hand the Ushuia over to a pilot, who essentially parks the ship at its berth at 6:30 s.m. When the pilot boards tthe bridge and several decks are closed as the sailors prepare for unloading the last of the passengers, the expedition team, several hotel staff, much gear and 10 days of accumlated garbage.The Captain and several crew will then take the Ushuia up to Buenos Aires for cleaning and other off-season maintenance. For our part, we get to fill the...

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Mar 29, 2018 - Passing Time On Drake Passage

March 29 Plan/Recap/Lectures At sea crossing Drake’s Passage. Much calmer than yesterday and just light cloud Three lectures; 1 - Plants of Antartica from Natasha; algae, lichen, moss and just two flowering plants, from Natasha At around 11am we had a close- up look at an Albatross from the Bridge as it flew along parallel to the side window. 2 - Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-1903, Otto Nordenskjold (Dr of geology), from Sabrina Australis Incognita was supposed by early mediterranean philosophers - 1520 Magellan (he named Tierra del...

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Mar 28, 2018 - Deception Island

March 28 Plan/Recap Breakfast at 7am Zodiacs about 9am Overnight we cross back over the Bramsfield Strait to head towards the Drake on our way back to Ushuia. Heading to Deception Island, which is the circular rim of an active volcano - only a small bit of rim 500 metres wide broke away and enabled the flooding. A very dramatic, high-walled and tight passage - called Neptune’s Bellows due to venturi effect fast winds - into the bowl. 500m wide Bellows in 45 knot winds makes for a tricky navigation. One past the Bellows we see the interior...

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Mar 27, 2018 - Paradise Bay, Foyne Harbour, Whilimina Bay

arch 27 Plan/Recap Breakfast 7am Continue North to Paradise Bay for 1. a second continental landing near Brown Station (Argentina summer operation - closed for the season) Then after lunch the Ushuia travelled north for our last afternoon on the Gerlach Strait and entered into to Foyn Harbour 2. Wilhemina Bay on the Antarctic peninsula for a Zodiac ride in to Skontrop Cove taking beautiful glacier shots, a slow ride around - and peak in to - the wreckage of a Norwegian whaler that caught fire in 1915 (?), visited two sites with abandoned...

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Mar 26, 2018 - Booth Island - first circumnavigation since 1903!

Heading to our southernmost point on this expedition. Breakfast at 7 8 am we will start ATTEMPTING to g through the beautiful Lemaire Channel with Wolf Island - also called the “Kodak gap” becauset it is so beautiful - but weathinds and ice can impact the ability to pass. Dropped anchor about 9:15 am in preparation for ... 10 am Zodiac loading Then we will visit Port Charcot on Booth Island, home to three kinds of Penguins - only saw Gentoos- in their colonies but likely we will only see the Gentoos as they are the last to leave into the...

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Mar 25, 2018 - Stormy day on land & sea

March 25 Plan/Recap Breakfast 7:45 am Wakeup call at 7:20; Humpback whales on the starboard side...spouting right out our window!!!!!!!𯐋𯐋 International group departs by zodiac at 9 and 3. Morning; The plan to walk around Cuverville Island in the Irena (sp?) Channel there subject to ice & snow & will be slippery. Largest Gentoo Penquin colony. - three Antarctica fur seals - Swimming lessons for this year’s hatchlings - learning to swim, dolphin - Tired legs meant they just plopped forward on to their bellies, not quite tobogganing yet -...

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Mar 24, 2018 - It’s All About The Base

Having sailed through the English Strait overnight to King George Island, our destination was in sight - China’s Great Wall Station, on the Fildes Peninsula. You can imagine this announcement was met with much applause from the folks on what Duncan (who was by then well established as their voluntary group photographer) had begun to call Team Shanghai, and for us too, having hiked 10 km on the Great Wall with our sons back in 2005. As we learned in the subsequent lectures, tourist expeditions can only go to occupied stations with...

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Mar 22, 2018 - On Course for the South Shetland Islands – Land Ho!

Over the two days it takes to cross the Drake Passage (March 22/23 for us) our expedition leaders offered several information sessions, which they were loath to call “lectures” despite them having a lot of deep science involved. There were also mandatory briefings. Our 7:45 a.m. wake-up call on March 23rd informed us we were 55 km from the South Shetland Islands (our first land sighting was at noon) with temp of 2.8 degrees C. After lunch we excitedly boarded for our first zodiac ride and landing - on tiny Barrientos Island among the South...

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Mar 21, 2018 - The Good Ship Ushuaia

On the 20th, passengers gathered at the docks at 3:45 p.m., at which time packs & suitcases were to be checked, tagged, loaded and delivered to our assigned quarters. Juan, the expedition leader who first saw our packs, expressed grave concern that they were too small, and we cheerfully assured him we had very good technical gear and much experience in winter weather. A scant 45 minutes later the good ship M/V USHUAIA with her load of 91 passengers and 40 crew was steaming toward the Beagle Channel. After finding, unpacking and being...

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Mar 20, 2018 - Ushuaia, The End of The World

Ushuaia (/uːˈʃwaɪ.ə/; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈswaʝa]) is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. The city’s motto is "Ushuaia, fin del mundo, principio de todo" (Spanish) "Ushuaia, end of the world, beginning of everything." As folks at home in Edmonton were just beginning to feel the days lengthening, we arrived at the southernmost point of Argentina to learn that sunset at the South Pole had begun! The one and only sunset of...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Ushuaia, Argentina

As the ship continues to zig zag through the water, today we return to the country of Argentina. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range, and on the south by the Beagle Channel. It is the only municipality in the Department of Ushuaia, which has an area of 3,625 square miles. It...

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Jan 9, 2018 - Ushuaia

Breakfast at the hostel then off down the mountain to town, lots of stairs LOL. Walked about the town, it is on the southern most tip of Argentina South America, on the shores of Beagle channel, nicknamed the end of the world, founded in 1884 with a population of about 70,000 people and is one of the main places to board a ship to Antarctica. A prison was built there in 1902 where up to 600 prisoner were held. closing in 1947 and was transferred to the Navy. I got on a bus that had been made to look like the old prison train for a ride...

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