Lively (1940-2015)

It is said, but never verified, that the Lively was built in Punta Arenas by the same shipbuilders that constructed the Weddell, which is also wrecked in Stanley’s Canache, a couple of hundred metres away.

Lively arrived in the Falklands in 1940 soon after being finished in Chile accompanied by her sister vessel, the Clio.  They’d both been acquired by the Falkland Islands Company and for the next 28 years or so Lively was used to transport oil barges to and from ships bunkering in and near the port.  She was also used as a ferry, running between the East Jetty and Camber.

Key Facts:

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Wooden motor tug

Built: Punta Arenas, Chile, 1940
Size: 40 feet long. 40 gross tons
Fate: Sprang a leak and sank in the Canache, Stanley

In 1968 she was virtually rebuilt in Stanley and, in 1970, she helped with the removal of the SS Great Britain from Sparrow Cove when Brunel’s iconic iron steam ship was being repatriated to its home port of Bristol, in England, for the restoration project that would make her one of the world’s top maritime visitor attractions.  She also helped with the removal of the bow section of the Jhelum wreck in 2009.

Lively was still a working vessel, after 75 years, when she sprang a leak whilst in the Canache and sank.  Although many thought about trying to save her, no real efforts were made and she continues to deteriorate in a current mooring.

Mark Spicer’s drone video gives a rare birds eye view of the Lively.

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