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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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Lennox Hotel $97
Lennox Hotel

Lennox Hotel

San Martin 776, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 163 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in the city center of Ushuaia, this hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of St. Christopher Shipwreck, Government House, and Ushuaia Port. Also nearby are Yatana Park and Encerrada Bay.

    Hotel Canal Beagle $76
    Hotel Canal Beagle

    Hotel Canal Beagle

    Av. Maipu 547, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 108 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

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

      Alto Andino $99
      Alto Andino

      Alto Andino

      Gobernador Paz 868, Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 176 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).

        Albatros Hotel $100
        Albatros Hotel

        Albatros Hotel

        Maipu 505, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
           
          3.6
          of 5, from 90 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Ushuaia, this ski hotel is steps from 25 de Mayo Square and Ushuaia Port.

          La Vela $45
          La Vela

          La Vela

          Gobernador Deloqui 849, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 33 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Ushuaia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Merced Church and Ushuaia Port. Government House and 25 de Mayo Square are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Cap Polonio $85
            Hotel Cap Polonio

            Hotel Cap Polonio

            Av. San Martín 746, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 72 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Ushuaia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Merced Church and Ushuaia Port. Government House and 25 de Mayo Square are also within 5 minutes.

              Hotel De Los Andes $69
              Hotel De Los Andes

              Hotel De Los Andes

              San Martín 753, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 29 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Ushuaia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merced Church and Ushuaia Port. Government House and 25 de Mayo Square are also within 5 minutes.

                Hotel Mil 810 $68
                Hotel Mil 810

                Hotel Mil 810

                25 DE MAYO 245, Ushuaia
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 126 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Ushuaia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government House and Ushuaia Port. 25 de Mayo Square and Yatana Park are also within 10 minutes.