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This is the inside of the Fleetwing.    They had cut the stern down to the waterline, and removed or broken off the clipper bow.    There were a few spars lying about as well.    I boarded all the wrecks I could, including iron barque Lady Elizabeth, barque Jhelum, Yankee clipper Snowsquall, American barque Jennie S Barker at Grytviken, South Georgia, Canadian barque Egeria.     Got close to American packet ship Charles Cooper, but couldn't board her, also saw barques Capricorn, William Shand, Margaret  and Actaeon.      We didn't go to Goose Green, so I missed out on the Vicar of Bray.      Neither did we go to Leith, South Georgia, where the British full-rigged ship Sierra Pedrosa was beached.  Our Welsh ship's surgeon, John Jones, gave me the book Porthmadog Ships by Emrys Hughes and Aled Eames, and I later purchased Immortal Sails by Henry Hughes.    John managed to get appointed to my ship at Ascension Island for one relieving voyage, just to get down to Port Stanly and see the Fleetwing.   But the day after he joined, we got demobbed, and sent home to the UK, so he missed out.    I drew up the plan using dimesnions etc from the Lloyds Register and the two known paintings of the ship.   

Bob

 

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After they were condemned at Stanley, usually after getting damaged off Cape Horn, most of them still had many years service ahead of them as storage hulks.     As they actually had owners, no-one was free to take anything off them!    In 1982, the hulk of the Egeria was still in use, although only the after part remained!       The Fleetwing was the only one that arrive undamaged.   She was purchased for inter-island use, and therefore arrived intact, and was used for a number of years.    There were plenty more hulks around, but the above-mentioned ones were the only ones I managed to see.    Actually, my first thought when I volunteered to go down there was that I would see the wrecks, something that I had always wanted to do ever since I was at school.      As we sailed into Stanley on a freezing cold morning, I think that the eyes of everyone aboard, except me. was glued on the Task Force ships, and general activity in the harbour, but I was looking in the other direction, at the hulk of the iron barqe Lady Elizabeth (Completed 1879) at the other end of the harbour.      Didn't take me long to get aboard, meaure things up, and take some photographs.   Even got down ito the tween deck, but couldn't go any lower, because the lower hold was flooded as the ship was aground.

Bob

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Here is a Utube video of the Lady Elizabeth, I think it must have been taken from a drone!      It must be quite recent, because half the bowsprit has rusted away.   It was complete when I was there in 1982 - Bob  

 

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