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


1969 March - Sparrow Cove, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]. The hulk of the Great Britain was beached here n April 1937. Originally built as a steamship and launched in 1843 the ship was a classic of its time. The hulk of about 3000 tonnes was resting on the bottom and the tide rose and ebbed without giving a movement that could be felt aboard. When the ship was converted to sail in 1882 the iron hull was clad in pitch pine wood that discoloured over the years and here it catches the evening sun. The tiny white hut on the shore was owned by local sheep farmer Chris Bundes. During the salvage in 1970, a fierce storm forced Marion to take refuge there.

Camera - MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film HP4 1/250 second F5.6. Developed by hand in Stanley in the darkroom of John Leonard a local photographer using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.

Negative - SSGB 69-02-07 © Tony 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 masts and original rigging were cut down in the 1970 salvage.

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