Faro de San Juan de Salvamento, Province of Tierra del Fuego

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  • The replica of the real lighthouse from the end of the world located in the Staten Island in nearby is de el Puerto San Juan de el Salvamento and you can see when you visit the Maritime Museum and the Presidio. Entering it with the guided tour. But its location and interest inspired Julio Verne to write his book. The Rocky area that was erected was nominated Cabo San Juan in 1706 by Juan de Noail, Captain of the Corsair ship Sage-Solomon. The first to apply for the construction of lighthouses on the island was don Luis Piedra Buena (owner of the island), expert on the region, defense of Argentine sovereignty and protagonist of many bailouts of castaways. But only in 1883 after the completion of the conquest of the desert and the signing of treaties of limits with Chile, the legislature authorize at the behest of the Executive to create a South Atlantic Expeditionary Division naming Commodore Augusto Lasserre its Commander; among its missions was the install headlights and sub prefectures to Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados. As well as also various economic resources prospecting work, at the same time seeking support vessels that facilitate communications and transfer from the Falkland Islands. This demonstrates the geopolitical and economic importance assigned to the zone at that time. Later, in 1884, during the construction of the lighthouse, Lasserre added "rescue" to its name to make it clear its purpose resulting in the name San Juan de el Salvamento called the lighthouse, Cape and particularly the port installed on the Bay contiguous. At that time established a maritime sub-prefecture, a criminal and a station rescue that serve as a relief due to the large number of shipwrecks that occurred in the area of Cape Horn. The lighthouse (which was the oldest in the area) was opened as scheduled, on May 25, 1884, was built in wood of beech, with only 5 meters high, had 16 sides and 9 meters in diameter its circular galvanized roof was covered with canvas It had a mast from 25 meters which was going through the center of the building and was the drum shaft on which were placed the 7 or 9 kerosene lamps, constituting a fanal whose crystals were Fresnel lenses with a common reflector. Lit 14 miles, protecting navigation in the area for the first time. All this was installed 60 meters of elevation above the abyss. They lived there 6 keepers during a strong storm per year have been opened the lighthouse in October, broke the mast being somewhat more than 6 metres whereas the ball of galvanized making the stop times. Military prison that worked there moved to port Cook in 1899. Unfortunately its location with intense cloud cover and low luminosity provided by oil provided a very weak luminescence. Therefore rose new year lighthouse in the Observatory Island to replace him and finally stopped working in October 1902. At the same time that prisoners and guards were transferred to the new criminal in Ushuaia. Since then suffered further neglect, while its worth had served as inspiration for Verne for his famous novel the lighthouse from the end of the world, published posthumously in 1905 when the lighthouse that conquered it already had stopped working. In 1976 when it was declared a national historic monument was almost completely destroyed, to the point that in 1993, only remained standing its central mast on which was painted the coat of arms to be transferred his remains to the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia is void his statement as a monument, but to preserve the memory of the site is recognised as a national historic site in 1999. He endured the neglect until in the summer of 1998 by management of a sailor who had known him and with financial support from the municipalities of Nantes (where he was born Julio Verne) and La Rochelle was reconstructed, transported dismantled, reinstalled and placed in operation at their site, which resists the climatic shocks serving as refuge for sailors. It is administered by the Argentina Navy and Ushuaia municipality undertook to provide the necessary support for its maintenance. This is a very exciting visit within the premises of the Museum, also is very interesting to see online or in the Gift Shop the publications concerning the topic, learn the importance of the works that were carried out in our country at that then .
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  • If you went to the presidio, obviously you are going to conoceer the famous lighthouse, they tell you a little of the history and the first lighthouse was built, visit a rainy day or very cold
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  • If you go to Ushuaia you can not miss the lighthouse
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  • Imposing place, with unique landscapes
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