Celebrating the Falkland Islands’ Maritime History

Celebrating The Falkland Islands’ maritime heritage from discovery to the present day

Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

FMHT is a UK registered charity dedicated to preserving the rich and varied seafaring history of the Falklands and to ensure that the maritime events that have shaped the culture of the islands are properly recognised.  The Trust has helped organise major expeditions to find, evaluate and safeguard historic shipwrecks that have lain undiscovered since disaster struck. These include the discovery of SMS Scharnhorst, in December 2019, and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s polar ice ship, Endurance, in March 2022.

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Long ago, before the Panama Canal, vessels sailing from Europe to the west coast of the Americas, or from one side of the New World to the other, had to do so by way of Cape Horn, where Atlantic meets Pacific  – the fiercest patch of ocean on the planet. Old square-riggers ferried immense quantities of cargo and passengers, as trade and travel boomed between the 17th and 19th centuries. The worst passage was east to west, towards the Falklands, and the seabed around the islands became a final resting place for many a sailing ship. Those that did manage to limp into Port Stanley, often found themselves condemned to remain, and so became part of a rich hIstory of maritime heroism and disaster.  A seafaring heritage that continued through the eras of steam and diesel to this day.

The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT) is a charity registered in the UK which is dedicated to preserving the rich and varied seafaring history of the Falklands and those who have been associated with them. This website aims to support the Trust’s mission to ensure that the maritime history that has helped shape the culture of the people of the Falkland Islands is properly recognised.

If you want to find out more about the Trust, or are interested in helping us, please CONTACT US.

FMHT Maritime Archive sets sail

A new shipping and wrecks online archive launches today. Part of a mission to create a definitive Falkland Islands’ database of historic vessels of interest.
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John Shears and Nico Vincent collect Explorers Club Award for Endurance22

Endurance22 team receive Citation of Merit from Explorers Club

The internationally renowned Explorers Club, based in New York, awards their prestigious Citation of Merit Award 2024 to the Endurance22 Expedition team
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Unlock a treasure trove of maritime stories

Our unique FMHT Maritime Archive contains a wealth of facts and details about shipwrecks and other vessels linked to the Falklands from the 1700s to the present day.

Unlock a treasure trove of maritime stories

Our unique FMHT Maritime Archive contains a wealth of facts and details about shipwrecks and other vessels linked to the Falklands from the 1700s to the present day.

Become a Wreck Hunter

Use our interactive map to discover shipwrecks, hulks and other vessels of interest in and around the Falklands.

Unlock a treasure trove of maritime stories

Our unique FMHT Maritime Archive contains a wealth of facts and details about shipwrecks and other vessels linked to the Falklands from the 1700s to the present day.

Become a Wreck Hunter

Use our interactive map to discover shipwrecks, hulks and other vessels of interest in and around the Falklands.

Unlock a treasure trove of maritime stories

Our unique FMHT Maritime Archive contains a wealth of facts and details about shipwrecks and other vessels linked to the Falklands from the 1700s to the present day.

Unlock a treasure trove of maritime stories

Our unique FMHT Maritime Archive contains a wealth of facts and details about shipwrecks and other vessels linked to the Falklands from the 1700s to the present day.

Become a Wreck Hunter

Use our interactive map to find shipwrecks, hulks and other vessels of interest.