Fur Seals

Fur seals are any of nine species of pinnipeds belonging to the subfamily Arctocephalinae in the family Otariidae. They are much more closely related to sea lions than true seals, and share with them external ears (pinnae), relatively long and muscular foreflippers, and the ability to walk on all fours. They are marked by their dense underfur, which made them a long-time object of commercial … Continue reading Fur Seals

Argentina - Scott #1338 (1982)

Early Engagements in the Falklands War

On May 1, 1982, a British naval task force — having arrived in a 300-mile exclusion zone surround the Falkland Islands on April 30 — was attacked by Argentine aircraft while British planes mounted their first air raids on the airfield at the islands’ capital of Port Stanley. This was the first Operation Black Buck — a series of seven extremely long-range ground attack missions by Royal Air … Continue reading Early Engagements in the Falklands War

Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

On January 25, 1765, Port Egmont — the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America — was founded. Called Puerto de la Cruzada in Spanish and Poil de la Croisade in French, Port Egmont  was located on Saunders Island and was named after the Earl of Egmont. Unaware of the French presence at Port Louis, British Commodore John Byron led an … Continue reading Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

The Abdication of King Edward VIII

On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII’s abdication, removing himself as King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire as well as Emperor of India, was given effect by Act of Parliament: His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. He had signed the instruments of abdication the day before at Fort Belvedere, a country house on Shrubs Hill in Windsor Great Park, in Surrey, England constructed in a Gothic Revival style in … Continue reading The Abdication of King Edward VIII

South Shetlands #5L1 (1944)

South Shetland Islands #5L1 (1944)

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, lying about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, with a total area of 1,424 square miles (3,687 square kilometers). As a group of islands, the South Shetland Islands are located at 62°0′S 58°0′W. They are within the region 61° 00’–63° 37′ South, 53° 83’–62° 83′ West. The islands lie 580 miles (940 … Continue reading South Shetland Islands #5L1 (1944)

South Orkneys #4L2 (1944)

South Orkney Islands #4L2 (1944)

The South Orkney Islands are a group of islands in the Southern Ocean, about 375 miles (604 kilometers) north-east of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, situated at latitudes about 60°30′ to 60°83′ S and longitudes 44°25′ to 46°25′ W. The archipelago comprises four main islands. Coronation Island is the largest, measuring about 30 miles (48 km) long; its highest point is Mount Nivea which … Continue reading South Orkney Islands #4L2 (1944)

Graham Land #2L3 (1944)

Graham Land #2L3 (1944)

Graham Land is the closest part of Antarctica to South America, the portion of the Antarctic Peninsula that lies north of a line joining Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz. The southern portion of the peninsula is called Palmer Land with the dividing line at roughly 69 degrees south. On July 21, 1908, Graham Land was made a dependency of the Falkland Islands along with South Georgia, South Orkney, South Shetlands, … Continue reading Graham Land #2L3 (1944)

Falkland Islands #278 (1978)

Falkland Islands #278 (1978)

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles (483 kilometers) east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 square kilometers), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands … Continue reading Falkland Islands #278 (1978)