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Mount SKYRING Expedition Discovery
Pilot Eugenio Arellano Palma,  from the Antartic vessel "PILOTO  PARDO"
Spotted a document container left by Lt. Skyring's Expedition 1829

Eugenio Arellano Palmahas has accomplished many noticable feats as a Helicopter Pilot.
 In 1981 he helped locate 1829 Historical Documents as this page points out.
In 1989 he was assigned as commander of Quidora PFT-82, in Puerto Willams.
In 1993 he made a landing in Valparaiso on the  USS Constellation CV-64 .
During the following of the retired Constellation on it's Last Voyage;
  he, as Commander of the Chilean Ship Pilots, helped to make the report of
the tow along the Pacific Coast of Chile with his Photos.

Mount SKYRING is an area of the largest Magill Island along the NW side of Cockburn Channel: Location;  54°24',5S  72°09'W and measuring 3,000ft. In height.

"The next start carried us through the islands of Melville Sound, to an anchorage in a small cove, at the N.E. end of the largest of the Magill Islands, upon which is Mount Skyring. Having resolved to ascend to the top, as it offered so commanding a view, and was so centrally situated, we remained for that purpose." The weather, for several days, was very unfavourable, and it was not until the 21st, that there was any reasonable prospect of obtaining a view from the summit; when Lieutenant Skyring and Mr. Kirke had a most laborious excursion, and the latter was nearly frost-bitten in ascending the mountain; but they were fully recompensed for the trouble and difficulty they had experienced.

Lieutenant Skyring says: "We gained the summit after three hour's hard travelling. During the last five hundred feet of ascent, the mountain was almost precipitous, and we had the utmost difficulty in passing the instruments from hand to hand. Its formation is remarkable, although, I believe, the same structure exists throughout the hills around. The base is a coarse granite, but this solid {254}formation cannot be traced half the height; above is an immense heap of masses of rock, irregularly and wonderfully thrown together, many huge fragments overhanging, with apparently very little hold. This station was the most commanding we had chosen during the survey, and answered well for the object we desired; which being attained, we returned on board, and I rejoiced when all were safe, for it was neither an easy, nor a pleasant enterprise."

A document, of which the following is a copy, was enclosed in a bottle and a strong outer case, and left at the summit of the mountain. The text of this document is the following:
This document has been left by the officers of the schooner H.M.S. "Adelaide" employed in surveying channels Magdalens, Cockburn and Barbara. Whiever finds it is requested to leave the original document and increase the heap it is under at least another six feet. Sign on 16th May 1829 by: W.G. Skyring, Lieutenant, and assistant hydrographer of H.M.S.BEAGLE. Thomas Graves, Lieutenant of the schooner "Adeliaide". James Kirke, Midshipman of the BEAGLE. Alex Miller, Aide to the Master of the "Adelaide". Benjamin Bynoe, Assistant Surgeon of the BEAGLE. Jeremy Park, Assistant surgeon of the ADVENTURE. "God Save the King".
                                                                                                                                                                              From Chapter XV: Darwin on Line
Words from the book, SECRET CORNERS OF THE WORLD:
If the cracked parchment ever held a message, time had erased it completely. Discolored and brittle, it lay rumpled on a small table in the captain's quarters of the Piloto Pardo,  A Chilean Naval transport vessel.    Scattered around it were other objects, weathered and corroded. An hour ago, they still lay among the rocks where thre explorers had stood 152 years earlier. Now the relics were before me - the past come to life.
     In 1829, on her first South American voyage, the British ship
Beagle had sailed through these same desolate channels at the continent's southern tip, in the archipelago known as Tierra del Fuego. As winter approached, six men left her to survey the area in a small schooner. On one of many empty, cliff-bound islands, they had to wait several days for the weather to clear. While they waited, they composed a record of their presence there, signing to it their names and the words "God Save the King". Finally, two of them climbed to the summit of the island, carrying the document in a stoneware bottle which in turn was enclosed in a storage case.
     At the top, they looked out over three channels cutting narrow swaths between the broken coasts. Beyond the islands to the south and west stretched the unbroken expanse of the South Pacific Ocean - the ends of the earth. The men placed the case among the rocks, with some coins and other mementos. Then they began their descent. The island was named Skyring for the young lieutenant who scaled its peak.
     "I learned of it a few months ago", the Piloto Pardo's captain, Eduardo Barison, told me. "I knew that on this trip my ship would pass Skyring Island in daylight, so I decided to send our helicopters out to search for the document". Hovering over Mount Skyring, Lt. Eugenio Arellano had spotted something irregular among its massive rockpiles, and returned to the deck of the Piloto Pardo with a plastic bag of artifacts. One by one, I picked them up from the table and examined them. Four were small commemarative medals, bearing the inscription "H.B.M.S Adventure and Beagle 1828" - the Adventure had been senior ship for the voyage. There were coins minted in England, Brazil, Argentina, Italys.
     The account of this is buried deep within the journals of the Beagle's first voyage. Stoneware shards had clearly been a bottle once. The parchment looked too fragile to handle. There was no proof that it was the Skyring document, and even less evident that the Skyring find itself - which would go to a Chilean museum - was complete.
     But in the very blankness and mystery of the parchment, there seemed to be a message. Others were corroded beyond legibility. I held a heavy buckle embossed with a crown-and-anchor insigne and the words "Royal Marines". Pointing to it, Commander Barison said "Around here, exploration ashore has been so limited in this century that just by reading the journals of old voyages, we can still make discoveries like this".
     Words by Leslie Allen   Photos by Sam Abell

All this valuable historic evidence is now at the Martin Gusinde Museum in Puerto Williams.