Welcome to Lemaire Channel

The channel was discovered by a German expedition in 1873–74, but wasn’t navigated until December 1898, when de Gerlache’s Belgica sailed through. In a decidedly odd choice, de Gerlache named it for Belgian adventurer Charles Lemaire, who explored the Congo. Ice sometimes blocks the way, so ships may be forced to retreat and sail around Booth Island. At the Lemaire’s northern end are two tall, rounded peaks at Cape Renard. The taller of the pair, at 747m, was summited by a German team in 1999.

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