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11/11/2007

Stanley, Falkland Islands

Early morning found Explorer II sailing into Port William and executing a 'sharp left' though The Narrows into Port Stanley. She docked at FIPASS (Falklands Intermediate Port and Storage System), a floating dock where buses soon arrived to take us on a variety of tours, including the battlefields of the 1982 war, a sheep farm and visits to colonies of penguins. Alternatively, we could take the shuttle bus into the small waterside town of Stanley. This is the only town in the Falkland Islands and is home to 85 per cent of the 3,000 inhabitants. It has expanded rapidly in the last 20 years and the old town of mainly corrugated iron buildings is now surrounded by modern houses. Although it is Sunday many of the shops and stores were open for last minute purchases of souvenirs, and there was the chance to visit the excellent museum and other places of interest.

We could also witness Armistice Day that marks the end of Word War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. This year it falls on Remembrance Sunday, the annual commemoration of war dead that takes place throughout the British Commonwealth. This year is special in the Falklands because it is the 25th anniversary of the Falkland War and 250 veterans have returned to take part in the Service of Remembrance and Parade.

During the afternoon, Explorer II moved out to Port William to take on fuel from a tanker as the final preparation for our voyage southwards to South Georgia and Antarctica.


   

EXPLORER II SPENDS THE DAY AT STANLEY

GUESTS VISIT THE CATHEDERAL ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

A BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON FISHING

TIME TO RETURN TOO EXPLORER II AFTER SPENDING SOME TIME IN THE GLOBE TAVERN


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