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Brazil : Pernambuco

47.5 km (29.5 miles) ESE of Ponta da Pedra Alta (Cape), Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 4°N 148°E

Accuracy: 28 m (91 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS #3: The Espigões are dangerous offlying rocks #4: a closer look to Ilha de Fernando de Noronha #5: Fernando de Noronha is covered with vegetation #6: at left Morro do Pico, at right Morro do Espinhaço #7: Morro do Pico, the highest elevation of Fernando de Noronha #8: small beach in the SE of Fernando de Noronha #9: Ilha do Frade with drawing #10: An albatross following us

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#1: Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha seen from the confluence

(visited by Captain Peter and Valentyn Smirnov)

27-Apr-2003 -- After a three weeks lasting repair stop in the port of Recife due to a serious damage on a crankshaft pin bearing of the ship's engine we could finally resume our voyage with chicken, turkeys and pork carcasses to Königsberg/Kaliningrad (Russia) yesterday afternoon.

Today we visited 4S32W. The visibility was very good, except for short tropical shower periods, being very common in this area. E to NE of Cabo Calanhar, - the Northeastern tip of Brazil, there are various offshore island groups, seamounts and banks. Coming from Recife and bound for Europe the Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha lies exactly on our track.

First, in the early afternoon, we approached Fernando de Noronha as close as possible, in order to make some detailed pictures of this enchanting island. "As close as possible" in this case means: far away enough from the uncharted shoals which continue to be reported in this largely unsurveyed region. One of the offlying dangers are the Espigões.

Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha is a group of islands and rocks of volcanic origin. Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, the main island of the group, appears completely mountainous from the offing and is covered with vegetation. There are several prominent peaks. Morro do Pico is the highest peak of the island. It attains an elevation of 327 metres (1,075 ft) and is bare and rugged. Morro do Espinhaço is 221 metres (728 ft) high. Between these two peaks there is an airport with a runway of a length of about 1,8 km (abt. 6,000 ft), but it cannot be seen from the sea.

A small sandy beach is as well available in the SE of the island.

The most interesting of the offlying islets is Ilha do Frade (Brother's Island), of which a drawing is available on the map as well.

A conservation area has been established all around the arquipelago. Fishing, hunting and any other action which might affect the environment are prohibited.

After having taken our photos we proceeded as fast as possible to the confluence, in order to arrive there before nightfall. An albatross accompanied us, watching carefully that we are throwing only edible waste overboard. They like fish, but do not disdain bread, either. Albatrosses are living on the Southern hemisphere only. They are the far larger brothers of our Northern seagulls.

Arrived at the confluence, we managed to make a picture of the arquipelago through a powerful marine binocular. As the height of the eye is of utmost importance to get pictures on such a distance, we climbed on the signal mast and took the photo from there - 39 metres (130 ft) above the sea level. From a small craft with a height of the eye of only a few feet above the sea level almost nothing would be visible on such a distance - everything would have disappeared behind the horizon.


 All pictures
#1: Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha seen from the confluence
#2: GPS
#3: The Espigões are dangerous offlying rocks
#4: a closer look to Ilha de Fernando de Noronha
#5: Fernando de Noronha is covered with vegetation
#6: at left Morro do Pico, at right Morro do Espinhaço
#7: Morro do Pico, the highest elevation of Fernando de Noronha
#8: small beach in the SE of Fernando de Noronha
#9: Ilha do Frade with drawing
#10: An albatross following us
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  Notes
In the ocean, but with a view of land.