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St. Christopher Shipwreck

Pay homage to a beached vessel that serves as a monument to shipwrecks, in a region where historical explorers, including Darwin, ventured.

St. Christopher Shipwreck is a grounded boat that was part of the British Royal Navy in World War II. Built in 1943, the rescue tug played a role in the war before being sold, used commercially and then getting snagged on shore in Ushuaia in southern Argentina. Note how the boat rests at a slant in the Beagle Channel.

Capture photos of the majestic ship from the 1940s. When skies are overcast, the photo may appear like a luminous J.M.W. Turner watercolor. Incorporate the snow-capped mountains and boats of the surrounding harbor into your picture.

The boat is 165 feet (50 meters) long and is made of wood. Admire the elegant design of the ship, which has a black lower half and a white upper half. It was finally depleted of its oil reserves in 2004.

Despite being part of the British Navy, the St. Christopher was initially built in the United States. The British initially knew it as the HMS Justice. After being sold for salvage operations in the south of Argentina, it suffered engine problems and was eventually beached in 1957.

After finding out about the ship’s intriguing World War II history, enhance your knowledge of the region’s military history with a visit to the nearby Malvinas Memorial. It is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Falklands War in 1982.

See the shipwreck for free at any time, as it is lit up at night. However, the boat interior is not open to the public.

St. Christopher Shipwreck is in the dock area of Ushuaia. It is about 490 feet (150 meters) south of the city’s southern coast and is just west of the Puerto de Ushuaia in an area full of bars and restaurants. Farther west, find the Malvinas Memorial and the Bahia Encerrada (Closed Bay).


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Lodging Near St. Christopher Shipwreck

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Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa $284
Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Cerro Alarkén 1, Ushuaia
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 308 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a regional park, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fin del Mundo Train Station, Ushuaia Naval Hospital, and Maritime Museum. Integrated Naval Base Almirante Berisso and Historia Fueguina Thematic Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Alto Andino $116
    Alto Andino

    Alto Andino

    Gobernador Paz 868, Ushuaia
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 164 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Ushuaia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government House, St. Christopher Shipwreck, and Yatana Park. Fin del Mundo Train Station and Cerro Castor are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Hotel Canal Beagle $110
      Hotel Canal Beagle

      Hotel Canal Beagle

      Av. Maipu 547, Ushuaia
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 90 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Ushuaia, this spa hotel is steps from 25 de Mayo Square, Ushuaia Port, and Government House. St. Christopher Shipwreck and Fin del Mundo Museum are also within 5 minutes.

        Lennox Hotel $131
        Lennox Hotel

        Lennox Hotel

        San Martin 776, Ushuaia
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 154 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Ushuaia hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of 25 de Mayo Square, St. Christopher Shipwreck, and Merced Church. Ushuaia Port and Government House are also within 5 minutes.

          Albatros Hotel $134
          Albatros Hotel

          Albatros Hotel

          Maipu 505, Ushuaia
             
            3.6
            of 5, from 89 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located near the slopes, this Ushuaia hotel is in the city center, within a 15-minute walk of 25 de Mayo Square and Yatana Park, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ushuaia Port and Government House are also within 5 minutes.

            La Vela $65
            La Vela

            La Vela

            Gobernador Deloqui 849, Ushuaia
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 22 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Ushuaia, this apartment building is close to Merced Church, St. Christopher Shipwreck, and Government House. Also nearby are 25 de Mayo Square and Yatana Park.

              Hotel Monaco $38
              Hotel Monaco

              Hotel Monaco

              San Martin 1355, Ushuaia
                 
                3.0
                of 5, from 85 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Ushuaia, this hotel is steps from General Belgrano Memorial, Islas Malvinas Monument, and Casino Club Ushuaia. Merced Church and Beban House are also within 10 minutes.

                Los Naranjos $77
                Los Naranjos

                Los Naranjos

                San Martín 1446, Ushuaia
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 194 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located near the slopes, this Ushuaia hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of General Belgrano Memorial, Encerrada Bay, and Yatana Park. Islas Malvinas Monument and Casino Club Ushuaia are also within 5 minutes.