Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust
The historic heart of Stanley
Pictured is one of the caves believed to have been used by runaway sailors. What you can see is only some of it - there is another section in front of, and underneath the cave shown.
Discovering the history of
Legend has it that in the 1800's, Charles Bender would hide sailors that had jumped ship in a cave on Tumbledown. After seeking advice from published historian Joan Spruce, the staff, volunteers and members of Past Finders set off on a cold blustery morning to seek out the cave!
The cold weather didn't deter the group and within 50 minutes the group had scaled the northern peak of Tumbledown and located the cave... although it turns out that there is a difference of opinions as to which one of the numerous caves Charles Bender used... if any of course! If anyone can prove exactly where it is then we would love to hear from you!
Much to the delight of all present, young Hamish McKee took his set of bagpipes on the trek and played a tribute to the Scots Guards. This was a poignant moment atop of Tumbledown.
With loads of time to spare the group then traversed the northern peak and headed to the southern peak to where the Argentine field kitchens are located.
The group also found out a little about the turf wall that runs alongside Tumbledown and Mt William, the stone crusher near Moody Valley Farm and the Wireless Station and Marine Barracks at Moody Creek.