|Cruising on the Zodiac, we visited several beautiful locations in the very remote Staten Island, the furthest point in Patagonia.|
|The rockhopper penguin colony, which I've depicted in prior posts, was the first place we visited. It was a long|
walk from the huge beach at the end of a large bay.
|Zodiac landing near the penguin colony. This photo was taken during the rough walk up the hill & over the rise to the penguins.|
|Map of the ship's route around Staten Island.|
|On our an afternoon Zodiac cruise at Staten Island, we explored a deep fjord.|
We were a bit surprised at the sign marking the National Park.
|We enjoyed watching the cormorants that nest on the steep walls of the fjord.|
|They nested on many of the small shelves on the rocks. It's easy to know where to look for them: guano!|
|We walked across the narrowest neck of Staten Island on a stunningly beautiful afternoon, and reached this bay.|
|On each side of the island was one lone king penguin!|
|Waves were breaking with enormous force as we came into the bay behind the lighthouse. We saw a replica of the|
lighthouse in the Maritime Museum in Ushuaia, Argentina the next day.
|Lovers of this work by Verne have also built a replica|
of the Staten Island lighthouse at La Rochelle, France.
I believe they were responsible for the reconstruction
we visited on Staten Island.
This pirate adventure novel by Jules Verne made the lighthouse at Staten Island famous. Verne changed many details -- such as the actual appearance of the lighthouse, which is a low building on a high point. The novel describes instead a tall building on a low point. A structure such as Verne envisioned would have no chance of surviving the incredible winds that pummel this remote island!
I read the book, which sets the lighthouse construction in 1859, much earlier than in reality, and which describes the struggle between the lighthouse keepers and a crew of evil pirates. They had been hiding in caves on the island and luring passing ships to wreck there. They had been stealing the ships' cargo, murdering the crews, and were looking for a ship that they could load up and sail off to the South Seas. It's not the type of thing I usually read but I had fun picturing the events in the landscapes that we just visited.
|The Staten Island lighthouse in 1894 (photo from Wikipedia).|