Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory 1902-1917

 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego lighthouse

A chance discovery among some photographs in the BGS Geomagnetic archive included this interesting image of a lighthouse. After much searching, this was identified as the Isla Observatorio at the southern tip of Argentina.

The following photograph is a good match for the fifth photo down on this history of the island, further evidence that this set of photographs is indeed the observatory on Isla Observatorio.

 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory

The Observatory was run by Lieutenant Commander Horacio Ballvé, who may be among the people pictured in the photo below.
Group photograph,  Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory

The following show the inside of the magnetic observatory with some of the instruments.
 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory, instrument

 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory, instruments

 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory, instruments


 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory, instruments

Lastly are two photographs, one showing a small ship and the other a beach with southern sea lions.
 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego geomagnetic observatory, ship


 Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego, southern sea lions

HISTAMAR Las expediciones de investigacion arqueologica de Carlos P. Vairo y el Museo Maritimo de Ushuaia. Faro de isla Año Nuevo, Monumento Nacional Dec.64/99.

Grondona, Vero  La isla de los estados y la Isla Observatorio, Tierra del Fuego

Posted by Bob McIntosh, image processing Fergus MacTaggart, historical advice by Dr. Phil Stone



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