Cape Horn

We were fortunate to be making such good time on the way back, that we diverted over to Cape Horn. Cape Horn is at the very tip of South America.

In 1904, 400 to 500 ships came around Cape Horn, 12 were lost. In that time the sun was needed in order to navigate, however, the sun wasn’t present a lot of the times. As a result, ships would turn too soon and run into Cape Horn. 50 limped in for repair and 12 turned around and went the other way.

In 1914, the Panama Canal opened and and ships took this shortcut instead of rounding the Cape.

For sailors, they could put one up on the table if they had rounded Cape Horn, and two if they had been to both polar regions.

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As you can see, we didn’t have sun either…

 

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