SHIPWRECKS OF PORT STANLEY

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FALKLAND ISLANDS SHIPWRECK ARCHIVES
1813 - 1950

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GREAT BRITAIN, FENNIA, CHARLES COOPER, LADY ELIZABETH, & JHELUM.

Located in the vicinity of Cape Horn and the 'Roaring Forties', the Falklands Islands have, over the years, become a final resting place for many vessels. Below are some images and details of ships wrecked or abandoned at Port Stanley. Not all - for various reasons - are still to be found there.

For a list of all known shipwrecks, from 1813 to the 1950's, follow the links on the left to the Falkland Isles Shipwreck Archives.

S.S. Great Britain.THE S.S. GREAT BRITAIN

Tonnage: 3500
Date wrecked or condemned: 1886.
Damaged in Cape Horn storms, sold to the Falkand Islands Company, and used as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk. Beached in 1936.

The last time I'd seen Brunel's iconic ship - before visiting Bristol recently - was in 1964. At that time, I had no idea of her significance. Just another of the wrecks that littered the Falkland's shoreline, I thought, in my ignorance. She was beached in Sparrow Cove and we circled her in a motor boat before continuing on to our destination. A decaying, rusty hulk, I asked if we could board her but was denied, for safety reasons. She was salvaged and brought back to the U.K. in 1970. It was a doubly interesting experience, for me therefore, to finally get to explore her.
I've posted some more images from that visit further down: SS GREAT BRITAIN RESTORED

Finnish barque Fennia in Stanley Harbour.THE FENNIA

Tonnage: 3,112
Date wrecked or condemned: 1927.
Carrying coal and patent fuel, bound for Calloa. Damaged off Cape Horn. Bought by the Falkand Islands Company; used as a storage hulk (More details in the archive.).

This is a sad story, for the residents of Port Stanley. The Fennia was an integral part of the landscape, moored in the middle of Stanley Harbour for forty years.
She was sold to the San Francisco Maritime Museum - where she was supposed to become a museum centrepiece - and was towed from the harbour in 1967. Unfortunately, she got no further than Montevideo before the funding ran out. Eventually she was transferred to a Uruguayan scrap yard, where - presumably - she still languishes, rotting slowly away.

The Charles Cooper, Port Stanley.THE CHARLES COOPER

Tonnage: 850
Date wrecked or condemned: 1886.
An American wooden merchant ship, she was bound from Philadelphia to Frisco with coal,and arrived at the Falklands, leaky - 92 days out. She was condemned and hulked, then used as a pierhead store on West jetty until the 1960s.
South Street Seaport Museum of New York bought her In 1968 - hoping to repatriate her. The cost of this was found to be too great. The Cooper was was then returned to Falklands ownership and given into the care of the Falklands Museum in Stanley.
Gradually deteriorating, under attack from the elements and marine pests, what remained has been removed from the harbour by the museum, and is undergoing preservation measures.

The Lady Elizabeth, at Whale Bone Cove.THE LADY ELIZABETH

Tonnage:1155
Date wrecked or condemned: 1913.
Iron barque, built 1875, Sunderland. Vancouver to Delagon Bay with lumber, struck on Uranie Rock, condemned and moored in Stanley Harbour, and used as a coal hulk. In 1936, during a strong gale, she broke from her mooring and drifted down the harbour to Whalebone Cove where she ran aground and still rests today.

Wreck of the Jhelum.THE JHELUM

Tonnage: 428
Date wrecked or condemned: 1870.
Wood barque, built L'pool 1849. Calloa to Dunkerque with guano, overloaded and leaky. Owners Widdicomb & Bell, failed. Crew refused to put to sea in her again. Vessel condemned and sold to Dean & Co as hulk. Became pierhead and workshop at Packe's jetty in Stanley Harbour. After deteriorating over the years, the Jhelum finally succumbed to the elements in 2008.

S.S. GREAT BRITAIN RESTORED

Great Britain side view.Great Britain stern view.Great Britain Dining Room.
Great Britain Engine Room 1.Great Britain Engine Room 2.Great Britain Sick Bay.Great Britain Bow View.Great Britain Deck View.Great Britain Bunting.

Acknowledgements: The Falklands Island's flag and crest images are copyright free, and were sourced from Wikipedia. All other images are copyright protected. For more detailed breakdown of population figures see: www.falklands.gov.fk/documents/Census%20Report%202006.pdf