Beagle Channel

Geographical location

The Beagle Channel is a natural waterway in the south of Tierra del Fuego (South America), which connects the Atlantic with the Pacific. In the eastern part runs from 1881 through the middle of the wide places here between just under 2 and a little over 15 km of channel, the border between Argentina and Chile. The channel runs between the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego in the north and the islands of Navarino, Hoste and Gordon in the south. In the eastern mouth are the (larger) Islands Lennox, Picton and Nueva, the Western O'Brien, Londonderry and Steward.

Named the channel is named after the research ship HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy with the discovered the waterway in 1831.

Apart from the Strait of Magellan to the Beagle Channel is the only waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic to the south of the American continent, unless he is navigated in the open sea around Cape Horn through the Drake Passage.

At the northern coastline is Ushuaia, on the opposite bank is the southernmost city in the world, which functions as a Chilean military base town of Puerto Williams.

The Beagle Channel was eponymous for the Beagle conflict between Argentina and Chile.