Dec 08 - Stanley and San Carlos
Monday 8th December 2008
Position report at 15:00 GMT
Latitude: 51 51.0 S
Longitude: 054 36.0 W
Bearing: 76 °T, 118 Nm from Cape Pembroke, Falklands
Cruise Number: JR225
Distance Travelled: 172
Total Distance Travelled: 269
Steam Time: 14.7
Total Steam Time: 25.4
Average Speed: 11.7
Total Average Speed: 10.6
Wind: Direction SW, Force 7
Sea State: Heavy
Air Temp: 7.8 °C Sea Temp: 6.3 °C
Pressure: 995.5 Tendency: Rising
Distance from Ferryside 6,679.5 miles
Just a short entry in the diary for this week....
Having left Bird Island, we returned once again to the Falkland Islands.
Stanley really is starting to feel like a home away from home now; I tried to take the opportunity to spend an afternoon alone in town (an exciting prospect having lived on the ship with a constant supply of people around me for the past 10 weeks), and on my walk from the ship was twice stopped for a chat with some of the locals I had met during our last visit and was then even joined by another local “old friend” for lunch — alas I shall have to wait for my return to the UK for some lone-time, but I'm more than happy with that.
During this visit, those of us who were not required to work on the ship decided to hire a land-rover to explore beyond Stanley. Of interest on our journey was what we assumed to be art:
I must confess that we had driven past these birds and returned to photograph them having mistaken them for Magellanic penguins. We managed to hide our disappointment in realizing that they were only shags, and photographed them anyway so as not to cause offence to these equally photo-worthy creatures.
Our journey took us to mount Usborne where we walked for several hours
After stretching our legs, we drove on to the settlement of San Carlos. Its having been the first landing site for the British ground forces San Carlos later became the main British Army bridgehead during the Falklands war (codenamed Blue Beach). Its museum and war cemetery are reminders of this conflict.
In the evening, after a delicious dinner, we treated much of the good folk of Stanley (who politely appeared to appreciate our efforts) to our karaoke singing and dancing (there has been a lot of dancing during this trip!). We were once again sorry to say goodbye to some of our midst who set off for the UK the following morning. The ship is very quiet without them and we look forward to collecting fresh blood on our return to Stanley later this week. I shall leave you with a photo I took a few moments ago (there is a Minke whale in the water, but it's too dark to be seen (obviously!… I am still learning about photography).