The tiny city of Stanley lies on the eastern tip of East
Falkland Island. The islands’ strategic location led them to play
roles in both World Wars, but the islands are best remembered as the cause of
the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
The Royal Princess sailed overnight and arrived at Stanley in the
morning. The ship anchors in Stanley and we were transferred to shore in launches.
Ship wrecks Stanley and the Falklands long served as a way station for
ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The harbor is dotted
with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the
Mine field and sign post This area gives
you a feeling of being in the "middle of nowhere". Some areas
are still fenced off because of dangers from mines–a legacy of the 1982
Falklands War. This sign post points to many destinations.
Peat bogs Today, whaling, fishing, oil, and sheep farming constitute the
Falkland’s primary economy. Most of the flat land is covered by deep
layer of bogs, which are cut and dried to be used as fuel.
A small whaling display This is a
"backyard" museum displayed old whaling objects. Can you believe
this gun has killed 20,000 whales!
Government House That's the nicest house on
the island. Most houses have colorful roofs.
Falkland war memorial The
"highlight" of the island is this memorial for the 1982 war.
Information Center Waiting for the launch
to return to the ship.
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