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Ship run aground on rocks 40 years ago, comes out of the mist like a ghost ship.
Woke up at 3am this morning to find smooth sailing, so must have left the ocean some time before then - quite a relief, actually.  Our guide, Andrea, told us that the waves were only 1 1/2 metres and the people on the previous journey got waves of 4 metres, so we were very lucky.  Noel has decided that his dream of taking a boat to Antarctica is no longer on the agenda, after last night´s seas!  We both feel much better in the smooth waters, and can enjoy the rest of the trip.  The view this morning at 8am was quite spectacular - mist on the mountains, waterfalls off the hills and the sun rising and shining off the snow on the mountain tops.  We saw a shipwreck coming out of the mist at one point, very ´Marie Celeste´.  It went aground on rocks in 1963 when the captain tried to sink it to claim insurance.
Closer view of the wrecked ship.
  The ´sinking´went wrong and he eventually went to prison and lost his captains licence for life.  We arrived in Puerto Eden in mid-morning, but didn´t actually dock in a port.  We stayed in the harbour, and a flotilla of little boats came out to meet us.  They loaded up their cargo, deposited their passengers, and went back to port.  We were given a talk today about the Torres del Paine National Park.  Having seen the slides, it looks spectacular, but we have no desire to walk around it in this weather!  A few people on the ferry are keen hikers, and they´ll be walking and camping - think it´s too cold for us to even attempt that.  After watching Happy Feet, we played bingo tonight - didn´t win, but enjoyed ourselves immensely!
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Ship run aground on rocks 40 years…
Ship run aground on rocks 40 year…
Closer view of the wrecked ship.
Closer view of the wrecked ship.
Melissa keeping an eye on things o…
Melissa keeping an eye on things …
Boats coming to meet us from Puert…
Boats coming to meet us from Puer…
Puerto Eden from the ferry.
Puerto Eden from the ferry.
Mist over the mountains, after Pue…
Mist over the mountains, after Pu…
Scenery after Puerto Eden.
Scenery after Puerto Eden.
Mountain views, near Puerto Eden.
Mountain views, near Puerto Eden.
Puerto Eden
photo by: scacos2006