National Geographic : 1957 Nov
Off the Beaten Track of Empire seven out of the twelve Falkland Islands De pendencies bases at one crack-a fabulous achievement in a region of such generally malignant weather. Next he set out for the Falkland Islands themselves, with the Gov ernor, Sir Raynor Arthur, aboard (page 607). Sir Raynor introduced the ship's company to a "Falkland Islands sandwich" (a slice of hot mutton between two slices of cold mutton) and told one tale after another of the sturdy inhabitants, a highly individual istic lot. They have, he said, a system of voluntary prohibition; anyone can put his own name down on the list. A man and his wife had recently signed up. But the husband had added a patriotic proviso: "There h'ain't no more loyal man in these islands than wot I am. I must 'ave two days to celebrate when 'Is Royal 'Ighness is 'ere." On the morning of January 7, East Falkland hove into view, looking like one of the Scot tish Hebrides, a low green shore, treeless, the peaty soil covered with a coarse grass. Even the islanders' homes seemed like crofters' cot tages, with the notable addition of greenhouses built along their south ern walls to protect sweet peas, fuchsias, and roses from the probing wind.* Highlight of the day's festivities was the Sailors' Race, a 300-yard gallop. Riders, all from Britannia, included Prince Philip (gray jersey, brown trousers tucked into his socks); the governor (impressive in a hacking jacket and gaiters); the admiral (sweater and jodh purs); and Mike Parker (yellow pullover and yachting cap). Prince Philip Wins Sailors' Race It took two false starts before the field of nine got away. In the home stretch the Duke, on Itata, pulled a length away from Mike Parker, on Flame. As Prince Philip flashed across the finish line, the band broke into "All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor." Later, on horses comfortably upholstered with native sheepskin saddles (page 606), the party rode over the island, seeing peat being cut and stacked, wool from the omni * See "People and Penguins of the Faraway Falk lands," by Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr., NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, March, 1956. - Chained Whale Serves as a Buffer Between Ships Its flukes cut off, a week dead sperm whale protects the flank of the catcher moving alongside Britannia to pick up Prince Philip. Each time the royal yacht and catcher squeezed the carcass, an awe some gust arose, enough to stagger the toughest seaman. Ship's catwalk at upper right enables the skipper, who is also gunner, to run from bridge to gun deck at the crit ical moment. The Ship Lurches +) in an Atlantic Swell Keeping his camera hand free, the Duke of Edinburgh braces against the catwalk rail as the catcher and its fender whale rock against Britannia. Chinnery takes a firm grip.