Fitzroy, Falkland Islands

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A panorama at Fitzroy showing the two memorials to the sunken RFA ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristam

Fitzroy is a settlement on East Falkland. It is divided into Fitzroy North and Fitzroy South.

It is named after Robert FitzRoy, who commanded HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's voyages,[1] and later developed a system of weather forecasting for the United Kingdom.[2] Fitzroy is on the inlet known as Port Pleasant.

In early June 1982 during the Falklands War, the two ships RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram carrying contingents of The Welsh Guards, were bombed by the Argentine Air Force in the waters off Fitzroy whilst attempting to reinforce the British soldiers encamped at Fitzroy. Two monuments on either side of a small cove at Fitzroy commemorate each ship with dedications in English and Welsh on both.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ "The Geology of the Falkland Islands" (PDF). nora.nerc.ac.uk. p. 3. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ Moore, Peter (30 April 2015). "The birth of the weather forecast". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Disaster for British at Bluff Cove". BBC News. 24 June 1982. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Fitzroy Memorials - Things to Do in the Falkland Islands". www.falklandislands.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

Coordinates: 51°47′15″S 58°13′52″W / 51.7875°S 58.2312°W / -51.7875; -58.2312

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