"At The End of the World "

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:38 am

The entire article is here ... http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/magazines ... world.html

The lighthouse relevant section is here ...

A lighthouse in Tierra del Fuego
Built in 1884 by Argentina, this lighthouse was very different from those we usually see. 70 metres above sea level, an octagon measuring 6.50 metres high and 11 metres wide was built with a pointed roof. Behind its front looking out to sea, there were seven lamps, which used rapeseed oil. Their beam was projected in a field of 93° and reached 15 miles thanks to some huge lenses. It was an attractive construction, with two rooms inside: one was a dormitory for the three keepers and the other was full of supplies and tools. Left alone for weeks on end during the storms, these men, who ensured that the light kept burning, took it in turns to take care of the seven flames, which each consumed a kilo of oil per day.

In spite of its usefulness, the lighthouse was abandoned in 1902. Jules Verne, inspired by the idea of this distant island and by the conditions experienced by the three men, wrote the novel «The Lighthouse at the End of the World.» In 1905, when this book was published, the lighthouse and writer had both closed their eyes. 96 years later, charmed by this book, enchanted by the island and its history, and full of energy with the support of a group of loyal friends, some financial partners and with the agreement of the government of Argentina, André saw his not so crazy dream come true: rebuilding the Lighthouse at the End of the World.

So, since 28th February 1998, the island at the end of the world is winking again at sailors, who pass… If you want to see something special, head for La Rochelle on France's Atlantic coast and close to the beach you will discover a replica of the Lighthouse at the End of the World, which since February 2000, has been showing the way for mariners
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Postby Gary Martin » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:42 pm

While I certainly understand the reason for calling the lighthouse on Isla de los Estados the light at the end of the world, for the record, you can find information on a light at an Argentine Antarctic research station that is actually the southernmost "lighthouse" on Earth at 68 degrees 11.8' south. The lighthouse that was built by the Chilean Navy on Cape Horn in 1991 might also claim the title the light at the end of the world. Just some food for thought....
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