FMHT Maritime Archive

Falklands wrecks and other vessels of interest

Take a fascinating journey into maritime history: revealing lost vessels in and around the Falklands that foundered or sunk through the ages.
A maritime archive compiled and curated by Peter Beardmore.

DIVE into the rich depths of maritime history. UNCOVER amazing shipwrecks and lost vessels. REVEAL fascinating mysteries of the sea. DISCOVER the stories behind lost treasures and sunken hulks. LEARN about historic sea battles that helped shape the Falkland Islands.

Some vessels met their fate by…. Other vessels were repurposed…

Imagine diving into the depths of history, uncovering forgotten shipwrecks and lost vessels that lie hidden beneath the waves. We introduce you to a fascinating world of maritime history with our searchable database of maritime wrecks and lost ships. Join us as we delve into the mysteries of the sea and explore the stories behind these surviving, sunken and lost treasures.
A maritime database of wrecks and other vessels of interest in and around the Falkland Islands compiled by Peter Beardmore.

This Maritime Archive is compiled and curated by Peter Beardmore, a retired computer systems manager and former resident of the Falkland Islands. He has dedicated the rest of his life to creating an organised database of vessels that have foundered or sunk in and around the islands through the ages. 

Although Peter’s aim is to “separate fact from fiction” in this archive, it is, in Peter’s words “A best endeavours work-in-continual-progress undertaking”, which will inevitably have “errors and omissions”.

This Maritime Archive is compiled and curated by Peter Beardmore, a retired computer systems manager and former resident of the Falkland Islands. He has dedicated the rest of his life to creating an organised database of vessels that have foundered or sunk in and around the islands through the ages. 

Although Peter’s aim is to “separate fact from fiction” in this archive, it is, in Peter’s words “A best endeavours work-in-continual-progress undertaking”, which will inevitably have “errors and omissions”.

Imagine diving into the depths of history, uncovering forgotten shipwrecks and lost vessels that lie hidden beneath the waves. We introduce you to a fascinating world of maritime history with our searchable database of maritime wrecks and lost ships. Join us as we delve into the mysteries of the sea and explore the stories behind these surviving, sunken and lost treasures.
A maritime database of wrecks and other vessels of interest in and around the Falkland Islands compiled by Peter Beardmore.

Blue Jacket ship with gold

Gold lost at sea

In 1869 the clipper, Blue Jacket, sailing from New Zealand to England with 71 passengers and a cargo of flax, wool and, according to some reports, “a ton of gold”, caught fire off the Falklands. 

Tug boat

Tug rescue

In 1912, Oravia, ran aground in a snowstorm on the Billy Rock, Port William. May Day calls from a newly installed radio station resulted in two Stanley steam tugs Samson and Plym racing to help.

Scharnhorst sunk

Cruiser destroyed

Scharnhorst – the German Navy’s armoured cruiser was sunk in 1914 by HMS Invincible and Inflexible at The Battle of the Falklands. Over a century later – its wreck was found by an FMHT expedition.

DISCOVER the stories behind lost treasures.

DIVE into the rich depths of maritime history.

LEARN about sea battles that shaped the Falklands.

REVEAL fascinating mysteries of the sea.

UNCOVER amazing shipwrecks and lost vessels.

Explore wrecks and vessels through time

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Ship of the day:

JHELUM

(1849-1970s)

Type:

Barque

Nationality:

English
After arriving in Stanley on 19th Aug 1870 ‘in a leaky state’, the vessel was surveyed on 3rd September and found to be unseaworthy and condemned.

Ship of the day:

ACTAEON

(1838-1853)

Type:

Barque

Nationality:

British
Damaged beyond economic repair whilst rounding Cape Horn with 800 tons of coal bound for San Fransisco. Declared a wreck in Stanley Harbour in 1854.

Ship of the day:

AFTERGLOW aka PORT RICHARD

(1918-1945)

Type:

Steam Drifter

Nationality:

Falkland Islands
Torn from her moorings in Stanley Harbour on 2nd April 1945 during a storm, coming to rest as a wreck on the south side opposite the Narrows.

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