Unique photographs on silver from the 1950s and 1960s
from Nonesuch Expeditions


1969 Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The carvings on the wooden transom of the beached hulk of the Charles Cooper, an American wood built ship of 800 tons. The ship arrived in the Falkland Islands in 1866 leaking and needing repairs. Deemed as too expensive to make good and so like many ships the Charles Cooper ended her life in the natural shelter of Stanley Harbour. This stern transom surviving in situ was a wonderful example of 19th century maritime carving. The central shield is divided in the form of a St.Andrew's cross and bears fleur de lis. The shield on the right has seven stars and vertical stripes. The shield on the left was very weathered. When Marion took this picture the Charles Cooper was the best preserved of the old wooden hulls lying in Stanley harbour and at one time maritime archaeologists wanted to move the hulk to a museum in the USA. But it did not happen. Only part of the hull has survived and is kept on the shore. (2015)

Thanks to John Smith, Stanley in 1969 for help with the description

Camera: Nikon F 35mm Single Lens Reflex with Nikkor 50 mm F 1.4 lens. Film - Kodak Plus X Pan 1/500 second F5.6. Developed by hand in Stanley in the darkroom of local photographer John Leonard using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.

Negative - Falkland Islands 6770 /03 - 14© Marion Morrison

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