Messier Channel

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Messier Channel

Messier Channel is a channel located in Patagonia, Chile. It trends north-south between Wellington Island and other Pacific islands and the continent, and is bounded on the north by the Gulf of Penas. Southward the name of this inside passage changes first to Angostura Inglesa (English Narrow) and then to Paso del Indio.

The channel is named after Charles Messier, who was a French astronomer. It is a fjord in the Scandinavian sense of the word. A depth of 1,288 m has been measured in the north part of this channel, making it one of the deepest fjords in the world. Messier Channel is surrounded by the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and the Katalalixar National Reserve.

The Fallos-Ladrillero-Picton Channel combination is an optional route to the Messier-Grappler-Wide Channels route between the Golfo de Penas and the Trinidad Channel.

Halfway the channel is the wreck of MV Captain Leonidas, who ran aground here in 1968. The hulk is used as basis for a lighthouse (NGA-nr: 2068, Adm.: G 1552).

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The wreck of the Captain Leonidas

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