Noir Island (Spanish: Isla Noir) is an island located 17 miles west of Tierra del Fuego. Cabo Noir (sometimes called "Cape Noir" in English) is the south-west cape of Isla Noir.[1] The island reaches a height of approximately 600 feet (180 m).

Noir Island
Native name:
Isla Noir
Noir Island is located in Southern Patagonia
Noir Island
Noir Island
Noir Island, a outlying island of the Tierra del Fuego labyrinth
Coordinates54°29′S 73°02′W / 54.483°S 73.033°W / -54.483; -73.033Coordinates: 54°29′S 73°02′W / 54.483°S 73.033°W / -54.483; -73.033
ArchipelagoTierra del Fuego
Adjacent bodies of waterPacific ocean
Highest elevation183 m (600 ft)
RegionMagallanes Region
ProvincePunta Arenas
CommunePunta Arenas
Additional information
NGA UFI -893783

In literatureEdit

Cape Noir plays a role in a dramatic episode in Patrick O'Brian's novel The Golden Ocean, which is based on the historical events of Commodore George Anson's circumnavigation of the world. A squadron of ships believes they have rounded Cape Horn eastwards and reached safe waters. The sight of Cape Noir evokes the realization that their longitude reckoning is grossly in error.

The episode is described by the chaplain of the Centurion:[2]


  1. ^ Carteret's voyage round the world, 1766-1769: "Cape Noir, the south-west cape of Noir Island, 54° 31' S, 73° 05' W."
  2. ^ Richard Walter (1749). A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. John and Paul Knapton., p. 83

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