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Ocean Planet in the Around Alone – Update
Wednesday, February 26, 2003 1330gmt
Position: 56 06S, 68 06W


Hi all,

Almost there! The waves, while subsiding, seem to be giving their final efforts to entertain themselves at my expense with the odd surprise breaker now and then. Such a sense of humor.

The visibility is lousy, constant drizzle, rain, and hail. I can’t imagine what this place must be like in the winter! Just think of all the ships that had to come this way before the Panama Canal….no wonder the place is littered with shipwrecks and rich with tragic tales. Think about this too: only 400 miles south-southeast of here is the Shetland Islands just off of Antarctica! Not far east of there is Elephant Island, where Ernest Shackleton’s crew of the ice-crushed “Endurance” awaited his return to rescue them after his desperate sail to South Georgia Island to get help. Talk about cold, amazing story there, BRRRR!!!

Don’t know if it will clear up for pics when I get to the Horn (which is actually a small island), let’s hope so. By the way, it’s actually pretty shallow water here, my depth sounder just picked up the bottom at 368 feet.

More later,
Bruce and Ocean Planet


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