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Intl. Waters : Atlantic Ocean

639.5 km (397.1 miles) NW of Saint Helena Island, Atlantic Ocean, Intl. Waters
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 12°N 170°E

Accuracy: 1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Picture taken seconds after the Confluence, while in move.

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  12°S 10°W (secondary, incomplete) 

#1: View to South-East from outside the bridge of RMS St. Helena

(visited by Reinhold Bauer)

14-Oct-2006 -- In October 2006 I was on the last existing British Royal Mailship, the RMS St. Helena. This ship is the only regular connection to the island of Saint Helena, which was my destination.

I had boarded the ship on Ascension Island as a passenger and with a look at the chart on the bridge of the ship I saw that there might be a chance to touch a degree confluence at 12°S and 10°W.

When the ship reached the area on 14 October around midday, I closely watched my GPS and had my camera ready. Going at around 15 knots, I was not able to catch the precise moment which was less than 0.1 minutes off in both directions. The photo shows a position shortly after the closest point.

So in the middle of the South Atlantic, the luck was with me, the main difficulty was to explain to fellow passengers what I was doing when I steered at my GPS for an hour or so without accepting to be distracted. Picture #1 is taken from outside the ship's bridge and picture #2 shows my GPS reading.


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#1: View to South-East from outside the bridge of RMS St. Helena
#2: Picture taken seconds after the Confluence, while in move.
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