Noir Island

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Noir Island
Native name: Isla Noir
Noir Island
Magallanes Region
Noir Island, a outlying island of the Tierra del Fuego labyrinth
Coordinates 54°29′S 73°02′W / 54.483°S 73.033°W / -54.483; -73.033Coordinates: 54°29′S 73°02′W / 54.483°S 73.033°W / -54.483; -73.033
Archipelago Tierra del Fuego
Adjacent bodies of water Pacific ocean
Highest elevation 183 m (600 ft)
Region Magallanes Region
Province Punta Arenas
Commune Punta Arenas
Additional information
NGA UFI -893783

Noir Island (Spanish: Isla Noir) is an island located 17 miles west of Tierra del Fuego. Cabo Noir (sometimes called "Cape Noir" in English) is the south-west cape of Isla Noir.[1] The island reaches a height of approximately 600 feet (180 m).

In literature[edit]

Cape Noir plays a role in a dramatic episode in Patrick O'Brian's novel The Golden Ocean, which is based on the historical events of Commodore George Anson's circumnavigation of the world. A squadron of ships believes they have rounded Cape Horn eastwards and reached safe waters. The sight of Cape Noir evokes the realization that their longitude reckoning is grossly in error.

The episode is described by the chaplain of the Centurion:[2]

It was indeed most wonderful, that the currents should have driven us to the eastward with such strength; for the whole squadron esteemed themselves upwards of ten degrees more westerly than this land, so that in running down, by our account, about nineteen degrees of longitude, we had not really advanced half that distance. And now, instead of having our labours and anxieties relieved by approaching a warmer climate and more tranquil seas, we were to steer again to the southward, and were again to combat those western blasts, which had so often terrified us; and this too, when we were greatly enfeebled by our men falling sick, and dying apace, and when otir spirits, dejected by a long continuance at sea, and by our late disappointment, were much less capable of supporting us in the various difficulties, which we could not but expect in this new undertaking.


  1. ^ Carteret's voyage round the world, 1766-1769: "Cape Noir, the south-west cape of Noir Island, 54° 31' S, 73° 05' W."
  2. ^ Richard Walter (1749). A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. John and Paul Knapton. , p. 83

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