These Guys with their 60’s music. They finished with the Jersey Boys and then Otis Redding. Music of our youth. Really fine stuff.
Day 27: We arrived at the Falkland Islands on Tuesday January 29th for what was supposed to be a two day visit. It turned out to be only one day, but more on that later. We anchored in the outer bay and then tendered in to Port Stanley We took the included tour, and this is our Tour Guide, Jason. He had lots of dad jokes. Nice groans accompanied each one. Here you see him sitting on a peat bog. Each citizen is allocated an area each year and they can cut out their fuel for the year and put it in a peat shed for drying. They burn it in the winter. Most use kerosene or propane now, but burn peat in a fireplace for ascetics. Port Stanley was actually located where it is due to the nearby abundant supply of peat.
It seems like a nice little town with nice peole and small wooden houses. All wood is imported because trees do not grow on the island due to the constant winds. The cemetary was at the edge of town, but since they have grown to 2,500 people it is now in the center.
Some relics from the past, The Golden Chance and The Gentoo. These two ships were built as steam drifters. They used miles of nets to harvest herring in the North Sea. The Golden Chance came to the Falklands to take part in a sealing enterprise. The Gentoo came to haul freight around the islands. This steel three master came in for repairs, couldn’t be made whole, was moored and used for storage, broke her moorings and now sits here as a derelict. As our tour guide stated, they are islanders, so they never throw anything away.
They are proud of their totem pole where crews from visiting ships mount their signs.
Tons of stuffed penguins in the shops but we didn’t get to take the big tour to see the real ones. We were supposed to take a 7 hour tour the next day, but the Captain pulled anchor and we left, citing problems with high winds in the narrow channel. If he had just asked, I could have provided anchoring instructions. 😉 Not to worry, we have booked a new tour in Punta Arenas, Chile to see some penguins. Hope that works, it is something we wanted to see.
Port Stanley was a fine stop. The residents were very friendly and must be of very hardy stock to live in this place.