24-Mar-2002 -- After having passed Ascension Island we continued sailing
to Montevideo, in order to refuel the ship there prior proceeding to the
(Argentina) for loading mandarins, lemons, apples and pears for Russia.
There are various offshore island groups, seamounts and banks which lie in
the Atlantic Ocean to the East of South America. Some of these lie in the
path of some of the major ocean routes leading from Europe and Africa to
South American ports.
Most of these offshore islands and banks are located within two distinct
areas: the Northern Group which extends up to 500 n. miles NE and 600 n.
miles WNW of Cabo Calcanhar, and the Southern Group that extends up to 620
n. miles East of the mainland between the parallels of 15°S and 22°S.
Ilha da Trindade, together with Ilhas Martin Vaz is part of the Southern Group.
The islands are volcanic in origin, generally steep and rocky with shoals
and isolated submerged rocks surrounding them.
At 08:41 hrs am we were at the Confluence (only 18.5 m off
in the NW) and could see Ilha da Trindade. The island of Martin Vaz is too low
and could unfortunately not been sighted from the Point.
Ilha da Trindade is a rugged, arid mass of volcanic
rock which has several remarkable peaks, of which the highest is Pico
Desejado with an elevation of 600 m (1,965 ft).
We wanted to watch this island better and so we went closer
In the SE of the island there is the Morro Pão de Azucar (Sugarloaf
391 m (1,284 ft) high, called so due to his perfect resemblance to the
famous mountain at Rio de Janeiro.
On the NW side there is a conspicuous peak in the form of an obelisk or
cylinder, slightly inclined and named Pico Monumento. It is 428 m (1,406 ft)
The coast is steep and almost enitrely fringed by coral reefs and ledges of
rock on which the sea breaks with great violence. There are a few small
beaches where landing is possible, but only during offshore winds.
On the NE coast of the island there is a military garrison.
We passed Ilha da Trindade on its West side.
Chief Officer Valentyn Smirnov from Sevastopol (Ukraine)
is carefully watching the operation from the Engine Control panel.
This time Captain Peter introduced another crewmember to the Confluence
Project, too. It is our Second Officer, Volodymyr Sydorenko from Odessa (Ukraine). On the picture he is studying the plan of
our visit, well according to the motto:
"Plan what you do - and do what you plan"!
(Information obtained partly from Nautical Publication Nr. 5, South America
Vol I, "The Coast from Cabo Orange to Cabo Tres Puntas", 13th ed. 1999,
British Admiralty, Hydrographer of the Navy, Ministry of Defense,