More information from my local source:-
Moving eastward on the muddy roads past ENAP camp at Cabo Posesión,
you come to a point where the road drops down to almost sea-level.
Not too far in the distance you can see the Argentine petroleum works,
which run right up to within just a few metres of the fence that
separates the countries. The oil reserves are under the fence and of
course both Chile and Argentina want to make sure that the other side
doesn't get any.
The road that was running generally east then turns south, to the end
of the spit. This is Punta Dungeness, which doesn't sound very
Spanish at all and there is a reason for that. It got its name in the
18th century, when there were possibly as many British ships here than
Spanish, something that annoyed the latter greatly. But despite the
conflict between the powers of the day, many of the original
English-exploration names have remained here in the south: Seno
Otway, Seno Skyring, Canal FitzRoy, canal Whiteside, Cordillera
Darwin, Peninsula Brunswick, Puerto Harris, Canal Cockburn, and so on
. But Dungeness? Well, sort of English, since English gets words
from everywhere. And this Punta Dungeness was named after the cape in
the county of Kent, in southwest England, though the two locations
don't greatly resemble one another except in both being prominent
headlands. In fact, Dungeness means "headland" - but in Norse, since
that part of Britain was the scene of a lot of Viking settlement. But
The Punta Dungeness lighthouse is 25 metres high and was brought on
line in 1899. It's about 270 km from Punta Arenas, about 3 hours
away. No surprise that the original means of communication between
this lighthouse and Punta Arenas was by pigeon. Since a 540+ km
round trip may be a challenge for the range of some modern vehicles,
there are two refueling opportunities: one is at Phillippi, at the
intersection of routes 255 and 9. The other is a small COPEC station
just south of San Gregorio, which has limited hours. Roads can be
icy here in winter so you may wish to visit Nov-April.
First foto - Hito Cero, the first (or last) frontier marker on the
continent. Technically, it's a crime to jump the fence here, and you
can be fined on both the Chile and Argentine sides if you are caught.
The tower. The Chilean Navy personnel will usually let you inside the
facility so that you can climb to the top of the tower, if you are in
decent physical shape.
The light at the top of the tower. It can be seriously windy up here,
and if you might wish to feel the full effect of the wind, the Navy
officer here will let you out onto the catwalk (which we did, for
pictures of the mixing of the waters of the Straits and those of the
Atlantic -- this tends to form a distinct boundary). BTW, this catwalk
is no place to be if you have acrophobia.
View from top of tower catwalk. Ground control to Major Tom.
and a bit more:-
Bazarus and friend