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Cabo de Hornos Light (Cape Horn Light)
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Date Established: 1991
Date Present Tower Built: 1991
Height of Tower: 13 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 131 ft.
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Open to Public?: Visitors are welcome but getting there is a significant challenge.
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DescriptionThe Cape Horn lighthouse is part of a station maintained on the island by the Chilean Navy. The island, Isla Hornos, is part of the Hermite Island Group, which is a part of the larger Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
The lighthouse stands about a mile from the actual Cape Horn, which is very difficultly accessible both by land and sea.
The Cape Horn meridian divides the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Cape Horn is generally considered the southernmost point of the Americas. The next land is on the continent of Antarctica about 400 km to the south. Cape Horn defines the northern edge of the Drake Passage that separates the continent from Antarctica.
The day that the posted photos were taken, the winds were at hurricane velocity and the waves were in the range of 15-17 feet. Visibility wasn't the greatest and we were hit with a mixture of rain and sleet while circumnavigating Isla Hornos.