Shipwrecks near Ushuaia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 12:07 AM Last Post By: aasta
Nov 8, 2012 4:38 AM
Shipwrecks near UshuaiaI've had some really calm days at work this week, and I've spent a lot of my free time in between phone calls finding out stuff about, and places I want to go to in Argentina, for my upcoming trip.
During one of my web-surfing sprees I came over some pictures of some shipwrecks in Tierra del Fuego. As soon as I saw them I thought a shipwreck would make an excellent backdrop for a photo project I'm working on featuring clowns, and know I just can't get the idea out of my head, I really want to try to take those pictures.
I found the coordinates for one of them and that one seems to be along the coast near the a-road a bit south-east of Rio Grande. To get there I would probably have to rent a car and I'm not sure if my budget would allow it (and even if I decide to do it, it's still pretty far, it seems to be around 3 hours each way to/from Ushuaia)
I've also seen some pictures of shipwrecks in the Beagle Channel which might be closer to Ushuaia, thing is I don't know where in the Beagle Channel these shipwrecks are or if they are easily reachable.
So do any of you guys know of any shipwrecks near Ushuaia (or in general other cities in Argentina) that I might get to without too big expenses?
Nov 9, 2012 12:03 AM
1Thanks a lot for your response, but none of those shipwrecks seems to be easily reachable for me, sadly.
Luckily there seems to be a shipwreck, St. Christopher, just at the shores of Ushuaia, in the dock area, which I think can work :D
I came over this list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_of_South_America if anyone else should be interested.
Nov 12, 2012 11:29 AM
2There are several shipwrecks close to Ushuaia. #1 seems a bit uninformed. The first one in fact is right in the city center, St Cristopher.
The next one is the Sarmiento. a bigger and older one, which is at Punta Remolino. To get there you can hike or rent a mountainbike along the coast east from Ushuaia along estancia Tunel and Punta Segunda but hiking you would need 2 full days. One to get there and another one to get back. Very nice and interesting hiking. The other option is to hire a car and drive to Almanza and on to Punta Parana. there is a locked gate and it is around 7 kms to walk from there. Or you take the kind of long excursion with the boat along the beagle channel and you will pass by.
Another one in very nice surroundings is the "Desdemona" at Cabo San Pablo around 170 kms from Ushuaia. You make 130 kms along the Ruta 3 and then take a gravelled but well maintained road till Cabo San Pablo for 45 kms along several ranches. A very nice trip and good option to watch guanacos, beavers and Condors and lots of seabirds.
There are a lot of other shipwrecks but more difficult to get too. One of the most famous ones is the Dutchess of Albany at Policarpo.Some parts of this ship are in the local museum in Ushuaia at calle Maipu and for sure you will find very interesting the Museo Maritimo too.
To get to this shipwreck you still have some options. a 4trax in 2 or 3 days from estancia Maria Luisa but you need a guide. A horseriding trip for around 8 days. That´s one of the most remote and adventurous parts on earth still- Or you can hire a helicopter if you don´t mind the money.
There is also one visible from Estancia Harberton close to Almanza, The Logos which stranded around 25 years close to Puerto Williams
Edited by: nahuel
Nov 14, 2012 12:07 AM
3Thanks a lot for all the great information Nahuel.
It would be fun to take a trek to Sarmiento to do the shoot, but probably I'll just try with St Christopher and see how that one works first, since it's definitely the most easily reached of the lot. Desdemona was the ship I was talking about in my first post. I love how it looks, so maybe I'll rent a car and head there after all.
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