Before the Panama Canal was opened in August 1914, the Straits of Magellan were the only way to transit between the Atlantic and the Pacific for those who didn’t want to brave the Drake Passage. The straits separate mainland Patagonia from Tierra del Fuego, and this video of a ferry crossing it could have served as an advertisement for the rather more docile Panama Canal. In the wild currents and crazy winds, it takes minutes of delicate maneuvering with bow and stern thrusters to dock the ferry and unload its cargo of cars onto the beach.


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