Crosstide Lighthouse - Carlos Iii Island, Chile
The Straits of Magellan are narrow and often experience rough seas due to high winds. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are at different levels, which cause churning currents when their waters meet in the Straits of Magellan. Thus the name "CROSSTIDE".
The crossing was completed as diagramed below. Click PILOT REPORT:

The lighthouse is located on the western point of Isla Carlos III, right between Tortuoso Pass and English Pass at roughly the midpoint of the Straits of Magellan. it is the place where the Pacific tide, flooding in from the western entrance to the Magellan, meets the Atlantic tide, flooding in from the east. As is to be expected, tidal currents in this area are quite confused, even more so because high tide on the Atlantic side is three hours earlier than high tide on the Pacific side. Luckily, the currents on either side rarely exceed three knots or so, enough to make life interesting but not dangerous - unless strong winds are opposing one or the other of the currents. From: SAILBLOGS.COM

This photo was taken by a ship captain that this webmaster encountered when creating information about the channel in Brownsville, the destination of the retired USS Constellation CV-64. See the page created for