On Saturday 5th November was a stunningly beautiful sunny day for the young historians to explore, learn and lots of fun.
The group started off by the shipwreck Lady Elizabeth learning about the ship's misfortune and the cargo she had on board. The Lady Elizabeth was surveyed and was condemned. Sadly, she ended up at Whalebone Cove after a vicious storm in 1936.
Moving on to the shipwreck Plym laying at the north corner of Whalebone Cove. The Plym was used as a small steam tug for many years. But during 1929 was paid off and used as a lighter. But unfortunately broke her moors in the huge gale in 1945 and went up on the beach where she rests today.
Onwards to the shipwreck Samson, she arrived in the Falkland Islands on the 20th of July 1900. The Samson was a very good rescue vessel and proved her worth. Many of voyages to Darwin to tow the Gwendoline loaded with bales of wool. Rescuing the Circle, Cassard, Hyndford, Lafonia, Wavertree, Oravia and the Lady Elizabeth. 1915 she was used by the Royal Navy before and after the battle of the Falklands. In 1924 she was paid off and used as a cargo lighter. She also broke her mooring in 1945 and landed at her current location.
It was such a hot day so more suncream was necessary. Once reaching the Narrow Point the group stopped for a well-deserved lunch break. The children learnt how wide and deep the entrance is and why there is an old rusty chain still visible today. Also, the most distinguished vessel that had passed through the Narrows was the Royal Britannia on her world tour in 1957 with the late Prince Philip Mountbatten Duke of Edinburgh on board.
After lunch break, we headed down to Hadassah Bay where the group had fun paddling in the sea. Hadassah Bay is named after the schooner Hadassah who sailed through the Narrows on the 1st of November 1892. After the children dried off their feet, we headed towards Tussac Point.
Tussac Point they discovered foundations from WWI and WWII which are still visible today used by the Falkland Islands Volunteers now best known as Falkland Islands Defence Force. The group took notes on measurements for our records.
Running a little behind with our schedule we proceeded to Ordnance Point another Falkland Islands Volunteer gun battery where we had a group photo.
You could say the group where a little hot and bothered by the time we reached the car park where parents was waiting for collection. All the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt lots.
Thank you to all volunteers - you are all awesome!