Historic Walk in Stanley - Saturday 27 Oct 07

Trip Start Oct 14, 2007
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Trip End Apr 20, 2008


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

 Not the best weather to risk a trip into Stanley but the road was open and we did enjoy brief spells of clear sunshine during the afternoon.   I arrived at the Jetty Visitors Centre and decided on an historic interest walk in a westerly direction, stopping first at the nearby gift shops.  Looking across the capital's distinctive timber framed houses with their white painted walls and brightly coloured roofs, walking passed the Post Office, Government House and Victory Green (which commemorates the First World War) where the SS Great Britain's mizzen mast is positioned.  Pausing at Christ Church Cathedral (consecrated in 1892) and the adjacent distinctive whale bone arch made of blue whale jaws and presented in 1933 by South Georgia Whalers.   Stopping briefly at the 1982 Liberation Memorial designed by a Falkland Islander and built as a tribute to the British Forces and civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 Falklands Conflict.  Heading slightly uphill to the 1914 Battle of the Falklands Memorial which commemorates German and British naval action in the first WW.  Looking to sea, the Jhelum wreck lies offshore, a 428 ton wooden barque from Liverpool (1849) said to be the last East Indiaman.   Further on, after the Stanley Museum lies the Charles Cooper wreck, barely visible, a wooden packet ship from Blackrock, Connecticut (1856).   
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