On this day in history – 17th February 1936: ‘Lady Elizabeth runs aground’
The British-built, Norwegian-flagged Lady Elizabeth drifted into Port Stanley’s Whalebone Cove after breaking her harbour lines during a storm which ravaged the islands in February 1936. She had been moored in the port since striking Uranae Rock, 15 miles northeast of the port, on 12th March 1913, following an attempt to round Cape Horn. Four members of her crew had been lost overboard and she had been severely damaged. Hitting the rock tore a foot-long hole in her bottom and made a six-foot break in her keel. Even though she was sinking, her skipper, Capt. Peter Julius Hoegh, managed to get her into the harbour, where she was condemned.
Despite having survived in her present resting place for 85 years, as one of the sites to see in the Falklands, FMHT Trustee, Mensun Bound, believes urgent action is needed if the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth is to survive:
See more stunning photos of the Lady Elizabeth interior as well as the Actaeon and Garland, taken by Falkland photographers.