The historic heart of Stanley

HMS Glamorgan

Tim Miller, Trustee, accepted the chart on behalf of the Museum and National Trust at a small presentation in the 1982 Room at the Dockyard Museum.  The Museum was honoured to be presented with the chart which adds to its collection of 1982 material and which it is hoped will be able to be displayed with other material in new Annexe when it is completed.

HMS Glamorgan was involved in a number of incidents in the 1982 war including the initial bombardment of Stanley airport on 1st May 1982, supporting the attack on Pebble Island air strip on 15th May and other support bombardments around East Falkland during the war. The ship survived a number of near misses from 155 mm shells. It was during the support of 45 Commando’s attack on the Two Sisters Ridge on the night of 11/12th June that the ship’s luck ran out and she was hit by an exocet missile which went into in the ship’s hangar.  Although the ship survived and did not sink, sadly 13 crew lost their lives at this time and were buried at sea.    

HMS Glamorgan was a County-class destroyer of the Royal Navy with a displacement of 5,440 tonnes. The ship was built by Vickers-Armstrongs in Newcastle Upon Tyne and named after the Welsh county of Glamorgan.

She was launched on 9 July 1964.

She was decommissioned in 1986 and sold to the Chilean Navy, renamed “Almirante Latorre”; she was decommissed again in 1998 and sunk on 11 April 2005 on her way to the breakers.

Recently donated to the Museum is a poignant chart marking the place, date and time that HMS Glamorgan was hit in 1982.  Graham Brown, who was a cook on the ship in 1982 when it was hit by an Argentine missile, visited the Islands in January this year and presented the chart to the Museum.  The chart had belonged to the Padre (Martin Culverwell) on HMS Glamorgan and was passed by his widow to Graham who made the trip personally to the Falkland Islands to donate the chart to the Museum.