William J. LeMaire
|Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 5:31 pm: |
I am interested to find out as much as possible about the history/discovery/naming of the "Strait of LeMaire" "Estrecho de LeMaire" at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. Also I am interested in the same information about the" Lemaire channel" on the Antartic Peninsula. Can you help me and/or direct me.
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 5:57 pm: |
Dear William, it is difficult to track back its discovery. Some initial reasearch led me to George Anson, who was in charge of a British convoy that would engage in expeditions through the southern hemisphere during 1741. He wrote on his voyage logs: "After we left Strait of Lemaire, we had to cope with nasty storms which surprised even the most seasoned officers on board. They all agreed that what they had known as storms up to this date had just been not more than tropical winds that paled in comparison to the violent gushes our ship was facing... which were more dangerous than any other storm we had ever experienced anywhere around the Globe".
Of specific expeditions made in this region I was able to pinpoint sailors James LeMaire and William Cornelius Schouten (of Dutch nationaliy)who may have discovered the strait around 1615-17.
Departure: Texel, Holland, June 14, 1615
Return: Texel, Holland, June 24, 1617
Ships: Concord and Horn; both returned
Comments: This was the first voyage that independently rediscovered the Drake Passage. They discovered a number of new islands in the Pacific, then reached Batavia (now Jakarta) in Indonesia. There they met Spilberg (see above) who sent the two captains home on Dutch East India Company ships. This happened to a number of Dutch voyagers and apparently had to do with violations of the Dutch East India Company monopoly. LeMaire died of a fever on the island of Mauritus; Schouten returned home. Their two ships under new command also made it back.
For more information please check Circumnavigations around the Globe.
As for the antartic channel, it seems it had a different origin. The channel was discovered in 1873 by the German expedition under Eduard Dallmann and named in 1898 by Gerlache of the Belgian Antarctic expedition for Charles Lemaire, a Belgian explorer of the Congo.
I am hoping someone with more knowledge may jump in... This information is by no means factual.
William J. LeMaire
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