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Shipping Casualties & Wrecks

 

 

Introduction

The Falkland Islands, situated 300 miles to the leeward of Cape Horn in arguably the most consistently savage seas of the world, have a shipping history rich in shipwrecks, daring rescues and pirates. Often the first safe haven for battered vessels trying to round Cape Horn the Islands presented their own dangers with rocky coasts, hidden reefs, thick kelp and rough seas. With more than 300 wrecks estimated to be around Falkland Islands shores, over 100 of which have been recorded, probably the most famous casualties of the Horn who ended up in the Islands are the Great Britain, now relocated to the UK, and one of the world’s most photographed wrecks, the Lady Elizabeth.

Great Britain deck of 1890 compressed

Deck of the Great Britain – 1890 – photo FIC Collection

Whaling and in particular sealing, mainly by American vessels, added to early shipping traffic around the Islands and in 1907 increased significantly with the arrival of large numbers of Norwegian whalers.

The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 reduced the need for many ships to brave Cape Horn however the Falkland Islands remained an important strategic outpost and a convenient port for ships visiting and trading with southern South American countries.

These files are not a complete representation of the shipwrecks around the Falkland Islands and the Dependencies but are some of those partly or fully researched by the Archives over the last 10+ years and will be added to from time to time.

pdfAdeline.pdf(3.75 MB)

pdfBlue Jacket 1869.pdf(14.85 MB)

pdfConcordia.pdf(11.52 MB)

pdfCraigie Lea 1879.pdf(1.02 MB)

pdfG F Haendel.pdf(12.69 MB)

pdfGleam.pdf(4.72 MB)

pdfGlengowan.pdf(14.25 MB)

pdfGraham 1924.pdf(199.66 KB)

pdfHyndford Sep 1906 - FIC.pdf(852.9 KB)

pdfJuliet - 1 Aug 1875.pdf(1.7 MB)

pdfResult.pdf(4.01 MB)

pdfSaint Enoch.pdf(26.26 KB)

pdfSamoa.pdf(22.78 MB )

pdfShipwrecks and Shipping Casualties April 1870.pdf(105.93 KB)

pdfSouthern Cross.pdf(236.27 KB)

pdfStar of Scotia 1887.pdf(2.15 MB)

pdfVampyr.pdf(4.92 MB)

pdfVesta.pdf(3.75 MB)

pdfYarra Yarra.pdf(1.36 MB)

Disclaimer

While every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy the Jane Cameron National Archives does not accept responsibility for any omissions or errors in these records.

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