Stanley Harbour with ships at fipass


Stanley harbour is on the east coast of north-east East Falklands. It is a large inlet entered by “the Narrows” from Port William, a deep outer harbour.
Stanley sprawls along the south shore of the harbour, sheltered by the slope of Stanley Common. The harbour is very busy with cruise liners, fishing vessels, freighters and Navy vessels.
Some of the beaches around the harbour were mined during the Argentine occupation in 1982 and areas remain marked mine-fields.
In the past, particularly between 1850 and 1890 the harbour became a graveyard of shipwrecks and condemned hulks as sailing ships rounded Cape Horn and if in trouble had no alternative but to struggle to the Falklands for repairs.

Some birds that might be seen in or around Stanley harbour:

falklands flightless steamer duck logger duck Falklands Flightless Steamer Duck Tachyeres brachydactyla grey duck patagonian crested duck Patagonian Crested Duck Lophonetta s.specularioides
rock cormorant Rock Cormorant 'Rock Shag' Phalacrocorax magellanicus dominican gull Kelp or Dominican Gull Larus dominicanus
kelp geese Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida dark faced ground tyrant, bluebird Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana
crested caracara carancho Crested Caracara 'Carancho' Polyborus p.plancus turkey vulture Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
black oystercatcher Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater magellanic oystercatcher Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus

Some plants and flowers that might be seen in or around Stanley harbour:

thrift Falklands Thrift Armeria macloviana tussac grass Tussac Grass Poa flabellata
orange hawksweed Orange Hawkweed Heiracium aurantiacum marram sand grass Marram 'Sand' Grass Ammophila arenaria
dandelions Gillies Dandelion  Taraxacum gilliesii / Taraxacum officinale cinnamon grass Cinnamon grass Hierochloe redolens
gorse Gorse Ulex europaeus arrow leaved marigold Arrow-leaved Marigold Caltha sagittata
diddle dee Diddle-dee Empetrum rubrum wild celery Wild Celery Apium australe




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Photographic credits: Header Robert Maddocks
  • Narrows
  • Narrows
    Stanley Narrows, the entrance to Stanley Harbour from Port William