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


1969 March - Stanley, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]. Part of the crest from the bow of the Great Britain. It is based on the shield in the coat of arms of the British monarchy. Dating from 1843 this piece of carved oak was found washed-up on a beach in Sparrow Cove near the hulk. Originally the crest was gilded but after an unknown time in the sea the colours have gone. Early photos taken in Stanley show the crest was in place before 1937. This is the Scottish lion rampant from what remains of the top right hand side of the crest. When new it would have been red on a white background. This picture was taken in the living room of a Stanley home.

Camera - Nikon F 35mm with Nikkor 5.8cm F1.4 lens. Film - Kodak Plus X Pan 1/30 second F5.6 . Developed by hand in Stanley in the darkroom of local photographer John Leonard using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.

Negative - SSGB 69-07-37© Marion Morrison

In 1970 the original hull designed and built by William Paterson was taken from the Falkland Islands [Malvinas] to Bristol, England. After many years the hull has now been restored and forms the basis of the splendid reconstruction of the 1843 steamship SS Great Britain, conceived by the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The crest is now the ship's museum.

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