|Victoria the only one of his five ships to return|
|Hernando Magellan Railcar|
1480 - 1521
Several decades ago NAUTICAL LOG had a maritime consulting firm named Magellan Enterprises. Magellan was a excellent navigator who for some strange reason sailed close too but never really made serious discoveries on his way to the Phillipines. Magellan Enterprises had much the same luck, however one contract did lead to NAUTICAL LOG meeting a Chilean lady, we have now been married for 42 years with children and grandchildren - so one never knows.
The Strait of Magellan runs SW from the Atlantic Ocean at 53° 30' South Latitude - 68° 30' West Longitude to 54° S. - 71° W. then NW to the Pacific Ocean at 53° 30' South Latitude - 74° 30' West Longitude. In the NAUTICAL LOG navigational library there is a copy (in Spanish and English) of Alberto Mantellero's "Yachtsman's Navigator Guide to the Chilean Channels." Rear-Admiral Alberto Mantellero, Armada de Chile (Ret) is highly experienced both as a Southern seas naval officer and Magallanes pilot. His book even has drink and food recipes the Chileans do not mess around with the important things of life - sea, drink, food. Buen Provecho!
Armed pirates are holding 400 of our fellow seafarers captive off the coast of Somalia. Finally the European vessels led by the British Merchant Navy can obtain a license to carry their own armed guards. This is actually nothing new as in the early 20th. Century right up to World War 2 British vessels trading in the Far East carried Sikh guards as protection against South China Sea pirates. While on the Indian coast in the 1950's and 1960's it was quite usual to employ Gurkha watchmen who travelled from Port to Port with the ship.