Salvador Water

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Salvador Water from Teal Inlet
Early mapping of Salvador Water (Dom Pernety, 1769)

Salvador Water or Port Salvador (French: Baye Marville,[1] Spanish: Bahia de la Maravilla[2]) is a bay/inlet on the northeast coast of East Falkland, the largest of the Falkland Islands. It has an intricate shoreline, but could be described as being shaped like an "M".

Settlements on its shoreline include Teal Inlet, Douglas, Salvador and Rincon Grande. Port Louis, the oldest and one time main settlement on the islands is also nearby, on the other side of a narrow isthmus, which backs onto Berkeley Sound.

Falklands War[edit]

During the Falklands War, Salvador Water was considered as one of the potential sites for a British amphibious landing [3] but, in the event, the British landings took place on San Carlos Water in the west of East Falkland, on Falkland Sound. Though this site was heavily favoured by Argentines as a potential landingplace, it was in the event considered too shallow by British forces for larger naval vessels to enter. Brig. Thompson is said to have favoured the site.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dom Pernety, Antoine-Joseph. Journal historique d'un voyage fait aux Iles Malouïnes en 1763 et 1764 pour les reconnoître et y former un établissement; et de deux Voyages au Détroit de Magellan, avec une Rélation sur les Patagons. Berlin: Etienne de Bourdeaux, 1769. 2 volumes, 704 pp. Online vol. 1 & vol. 2. Abridged English version.
  2. ^ PCGN Falkland Islands
  3. ^ a b Bicheno, Hugh (2006) Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War. London. Weidenfield & Nicholson. ISBN 978-0-7538-2186-2

Coordinates: 51°28′11″S 58°24′19″W / 51.4698°S 58.4052°W / -51.4698; -58.4052